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Any govt funding bill must address crisis on US-Mexico border: White House

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

Observing that the United State's border with is overwhelmed with illegal immigration, gang-violence, crime, drugs and human trafficking, the has asserted that any government funding by the must include provisions for a along the southern border.

US has said he will "address the nation" on his demand for a wall along the border to prevent illegal immigration, the differences over which has resulted in a partial government shutdown for over a fortnight.

Hours before the address, the said, "We cannot keep our country safe without adequate funding for border security, including a physical barrier and increased in funding for enforcement."

The southern border is overwhelmed with illegal immigration, gang-violence, crime, drugs and human trafficking, and as such Trump has requested a modest amount of funding to address these issues while the Democrats continue to resist in the name of politics, it said.

In a note titled 'must do more to address the border crisis', the said that any government funding bill must address the crisis on the southern border.

The administration has requested additional funds to address the priorities, including USD 5.7 billion for construction of a on the southern border with Mexico, an increase of USD 4.1 billion over the committee bill.

Trump on Sunday offered to erect a rather than a concrete wall along the border to iron out differences with Democrats over the issue.

The partial shutdown started on December 22 when funding for many federal agencies expired and the US refused to sign any spending measure from the that did not include USD 5 billion for his US-border wall.

Democrats controlling the House have agreed to fund only USD 1.3 billion for border security.

The administration has requested USD 675 million, an increase of USD 631 million over the Committee bill, to deter and detect narcotics, weapons, and other materials that pose a threat to the

This will provide for all incoming vehicle lanes of traffic at the US southwest Border Land Ports of Entry, as well as necessary canine and other support, the White House said.

It has also requested USD 211 million to hire 750 additional border patrol agents. This is an increase of USD 100 million over the Committee bill.

USD 800 million has been sought to fund enhanced medical support, transportation, consumable supplies and additional temporary facilities necessary to ensure the well-being of those taken into custody.

The White House has demanded that the Congress must fund additional immigration detention beds and enforcement personnel.

Prominent among these include USD 571 million for 2,000 additional immigration and customs enforcement personnel to enforce immigration laws, combat gang violence, nab drug smugglers and human traffickers.

Trump is asking for USD 4.2 billion to support 52,000 detention beds, personnel, alternatives to detention, and to address the recent surge in across the southern Border. This is an increase of USD 798 million over the Committee bill.

The administration has requested at least USD 563 million for 75 additional immigration judges and support staff to reduce the backlog of pending immigration cases.

Trump will work with the Congress to facilitate expanded of refugee claims, it said.

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First Published: Wed, January 09 2019. 02:30 IST