Submitted to Congress on May 1, the Trump administration’s spending request included $3.3 billion for humanitarian assistance and $1.1 billion for border operations. Some of these members have disputed how Trump and top officials have characterized the problem at the border — frustrating other Democrats who have been working closely with the administration on the spending request. Five years ago, the Obama administration requested $3.7 billion to address a surge of migrants at the border. Last month, more than 144,000 migrants were taken into custody, according to data from Customs and Border Protection. GOP senators on Tuesday also stepped up pressure on Democrats to act on the administration’s border package and dismissed their criticism of how Trump is handling the border crisis.
Source: Washington Post June 11, 2019 23:15 UTC