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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Isakson Votes to Provide Critical Funding to Address Humanitarian Crisis at Southern Border

Calls reports about conditions at border ‘heartbreaking,’ says Congress has ‘moral imperative to act’

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., today voted to provide additional funding to address the crisis at the United States-Mexico border and provide humanitarian assistance for migrant families and children. The legislation provides more than $4 billion to the Departments of Homeland Security, Health and Human Services, Justice and Defense to better address the influx of migrants at the border and help alleviate overcrowding at detention facilities. 

“I’m glad to see Congress working together in a bipartisan way to respond to the increased number of families and unaccompanied minors arriving at the border,” said Isakson. “The heartbreaking reports we’ve seen about conditions at border facilities show that there is a moral imperative for Congress to act on the administration’s request for additional humanitarian assistance. Our personnel on the ground are overwhelmed, and this bill gives them the resources they need to meet the growing demands caused by the dramatic influx of migrant families arriving at our Southern border. To permanently solve this crisis, we need to address our broken immigration system starting with securing the border. I am committed to continuing to work toward real solutions to restore credibility to our immigration system.” 

The bill, which passed the Senate today by a vote of 84-8 and now returns to the House of Representatives for further consideration, includes funding for the following agencies involved in responding to the border crisis: 

Homeland Security

  • $1.1 billion for Customs and Border Protection to improve migrant care and processing facilities, medical care and transportation, and data systems.
  • $209 million for Immigration and Customs Enforcement for medical care and transportation of unaccompanied alien children and migrants between facilities, counter-human trafficking operations, detention alternatives and migrant processing.
  • $30 million in reimbursements to states, local governments and non-governmental organizations for care of homeless migrants through the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies

  • $2.88 billion for the Department of Health and Human Services’ Unaccompanied Alien Children program to ensure the safety and welfare of children under its care.

Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies

  • $220 million for the Department of Justice to hire additional personnel to expedite immigration court proceedings and educate migrants about the process.

Defense

  • $145 million for the Department of Defense for operations and maintenance in support of multiple missions at the border.

Text of the border security supplemental appropriations bill is available here.

A summary of the legislation is available here

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