Biden Requests $13B Congress Aid for Immigrants

( – The Biden administration is seemingly not giving up on the prospect of allowing more migrants into the U.S., as key officials submitted a request to Congress for as much as $13 billion for various immigration-related expenses.

The request was put in by Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. A large chunk of funds will be spent on providing financial aid to sanctuary cities such as Denver, New York City, and Chicago, all of which are in dire financial straits due to the economic strain of supporting thousands of migrants in their respective territories. The monies will also be used to fund housing initiatives for migrants as well as transition programs that will help them find jobs in the U.S.

One of the most significant negative impacts of the massive inflow of migrants — particularly at the U.S–Mexico border — is economic, as border towns and cities struggle to come up with the resources to handle the surge of migrants. Migrants, at times, also bring crime, and it is not unheard of for drug cartels to take advantage of the chaos at the border. Many local and county law enforcement departments, though, besides being understaffed and underfunded, also struggle to keep track of offenders, as many provide false names and are basically vagrants who are difficult to trace.

The Department of Homeland Security itself is also pressed for funds. Just last month, it was reported that the DHS was contemplating conducting mass releases that would see thousands of immigrants removed from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention centers.

As polls indicate immigration as one of President Joe Biden’s weakest points among voters, the White House is also asking for a $4.7 billion emergency fund that would be used to help the DHS respond to migrant surges at the border. Migrant crossings and encounters — including illegal entries into the U.S. — are expected to increase this spring.

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