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Trump signs $4.6 billion emergency border bill

July 02, 2019

On Monday, President Donald Trump signed into law an emergency spending bill that would provide funding for agencies currently dealing with poor-conditioned and overflowing shelters at the southern border following a recent surge in illegal border crossings in recent months.

On Wednesday, the Senate passed this measure on a 84-8 vote. And on Thursday, the House of Representatives passed this spending measure on a 305-102 vote, following Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s withdrawal of a request for extra provisions to be added to the bill.

More than half of Democratic representatives, 129, supported the senate measure while 95 Democrats voted no. Only 7 Republican representatives voted against this bill.

Speaker Pelosi secured concessions from the White House to be implemented administratively, including a 90-day limit for migrant children to stay in unlicensed influx shelters and a notification to lawmakers within 24 hours if a child dies in U.S. custody.

The spending bill will provide the Department of Health and Human Services’s Office of Refugee Resettlement $2.88 billion. The office is responsible for taking custody of migrant children from Customs and Border Patrol or Immigration and Customs Enforcement before releasing them to their family or caretakers.

The Department of Homeland Security will receive $1.34 billion, including $905 million for Customs and Border Protection to erect temporary shelters at border stations and ports of entry and provide food, clothing, and medical treatment for migrants.

$209 million will be directed to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. $70 million of that will cover staffing costs including overtime pay, $93 million will be used for detainee transportation and medical care, $21 million for counter-human trafficking operations, and $20 million for alternatives to detention which includes electronic monitoring and parole.

$155 million will cover reimbursement costs for housing and transportation of federal detainees to the U.S. Marshals Service, $145 million will be given to the Pentagon which will provide logistical support for border operations, and $30 million will cover Federal Emergency Management Agency reimbursement costs for the care of homeless migrants to local jurisdictions and nonprofits.

– MK. II

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