President Barack Obama has asked for at least $17.5 million to provide lawyers for the illegal immigrant children who are flooding across the border and their guardians.
On Tuesday, the White House asked Congress for $3.7 billion in emergency funds to deal with the border crisis.
According to the White House, “$2.5 million would be used to expand the legal orientation program that provides assistance to adults and custodians of children in the immigration court system,” and $15 million would be used “to provide direct legal representation services to children in immigration proceedings.”
The Obama administration has also set aside $2 million for a “Justice AmeriCorps” program that “will fund nearly 100 lawyers across 29 cities with one-year grants and stipends so they can represent illegal immigrants who have been flooding into the country and being warehoused, most notably in Texas.”
House Democrats also introduced legislation last month that would provide more taxpayer-funded lawyers to the illegal immigrant children who are unlawfully entering the country.