President Obama’s additional funding request follows months of political gridlock over a wide-reaching bill to overhaul the immigration system.

Obama and Texas Governor Perry agree on border force


While visiting the state, and Texas Governor Perry, Mr. Obama said he had no “philosophical objection” to increasing the number of border patrol agents and repositioning them.

But President Obama said such action was held up by Congress’ delay in approving his request for extra funding.

The White House asked for $3.7bn (£2.2bn) in extra funding on Tuesday.

Where the $3.7bn will go

  • $1.8bn to provide the appropriate care for unaccompanied children
  • $1.1bn on detention and removal programs
  • $433m on border patrol and security
  • $300m to Central American countries to repatriate and tackle root causes
  • $64m on immigration courts, including hiring 40 additional judge teams

Source: White House

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