Humanitarian Crisis at the Border
- An unprecedented 411,000 unaccompanied children and families crossed our southern border in the past eight months – larger than any previous full year.
- The Department of Health and Human Services could run out of grant money for organizations to provide shelter and care for more than 13,000 unaccompanied children at the end of the month. Federal employees will either be furloughed or will work without pay.
- President Trump has requested $4.5 billion to address the humanitarian crisis at the border.
The humanitarian crisis at our southern border continues to worsen. The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs has calculated that approximately 411,000 unaccompanied children and people traveling as part of a family have crossed the southern U.S. border in just the first eight months of this fiscal year.
Children and Families at the Border
According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, 11,507 unaccompanied children crossed our southern border between ports of entry in May. The vast majority of unaccompanied children are transferred to the Department of Health and Human Services for food, shelter, and medical care.
HHS is currently paying to house, feed, and care for more than 13,000 children. If funding lapses, caregivers for children being sheltered at the border could have to work without pay. The private organizations that have been given grants to run shelters and provide care will go unfunded. HHS employees managing these programs will be furloughed or work without pay.
HHS estimates that within the next 30 days it could spend all of the current fiscal year money appropriated for the care of unaccompanied children. On June 6, HHS Secretary Alex Azar warned that funding to provide shelter for these children could run out “in several weeks.”
President Trump has requested $4.5 billion in supplemental funding for the humanitarian crisis at the border.
Senior Democrats are finally admitting the nation is in crisis. Jeh Johnson, President Obama’s secretary of homeland security, said it is “very definitely a crisis” at our southern border.
Democratic Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard, who chairs the Homeland Security subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee, recently admitted that the situation at our southern border is “horrendous.”
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