(TRNS) – A collection House Democrats applauded Obama’s $3.7 billion proposal to increase the border budget, which they said would help officials process children seeking asylum from human trafficking dangers, during a press conference Wednesday.
“This is a humanitarian crisis that we are facing on our southern border and we need to respond,” said Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.), Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus during a press briefing Tuesday. “These are children who are coming across as refugees because of the violence that they are facing in their homelands.”
While not all children would be granted asylum, the lawmakers noted that increasing access to legal proceedings will give Judges the ability to determine if they would not be safe if they were deported home.
“It is important that the emergency supplemental is passed to include more judges, resources for border patrol and border cities, ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) officers so the law can be adhered to,” said Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas.), the ranking member on the Homeland Security’s Maritime Security Subcommittee on border enforcement issues.