Obama official says immigrant kids draining funds

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Updated: 7/11/2014 6:54 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Homeland Security Secretary Jeh (jay) Johnson says the agency responsible for removing immigrants who are in the country illegally will run out of money by mid-August if lawmakers don't approve a $3.7 billion emergency budget request.

Additionally, Johnson says Customs and Border Protection, whose agents are responsible for arresting illegal border crossers, will be out of money by mid-September at the "current burn rate" as the agencies deal with a flood of children and families, mostly from Central America, streaming across the U.S. border with Mexico.

Johnson described the dire budget picture during a hearing Thursday before the Senate Appropriations Committee. He said the Homeland Security Department "would need to divert significant funds from other critical programs just to maintain operations" if President Barack Obama's emergency spending request isn't approved.

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fastd - 7/11/2014 11:50 AM
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These children aren't appearing out of thin air,why isn't Obama demanding that their countries take responsibility for their citizens.If they refuse than yank any funding we are giving to them and use that to house these kids until there country of origin takes action to take them back.

sybersnot - 7/11/2014 9:00 AM
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Change the law that was signed in 2008 that allows them to stay and send them back. They and their families already have no respect for our country and our laws. They only want to be here so they can suck the welfare system dry.

taxpaying mom - 7/11/2014 8:22 AM
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quit spending funds on them. If we didn't feed and house them they wouldn't be so quick to come here.

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