House passes $4.5 billion emergency border aid bill Tuesday to address humanitarian concerns at the U.S.-Mexican border

According to Fox News, the bill looks to answer humanitarian questions at the U.S.-Mexican border and to provide additional funding for food, water, medical services, and “stronger protections for unaccompanied children.” The Washington Post states that these “stronger protections for unaccompanied children” includes a 90 day time-limit for how long children can stay at shelters used for influx of immigrants, and that the Department of Health and Human Services must regularly update congress on the usage of such shelters. The bill also includes specifics on preventing Trump from using the bill’s funding towards Immigration and Customs enforcement (ICE). ~

The bill comes in response to recent reports cited predominantly by Democrats highlighting poor conditions and overcrowded detention centers on the Southern border, as well as recent statements released by President Trump saying that ICE will soon be conducting deportations of illegal immigrants. ~

The House Bill, which passed mostly along party lines 230-195, is poised to face off against the Republican-led Senate and its own version of an emergency humanitarian aid bill. The Senate Bill, which is expected to be voted on later this week, is a $4.6 billion emergency spending bill, including $2.88 billion for the Department of Health and Human Services to address the humanitarian issues associated with the surplus of unaccompanied children at the border. The Senate bill also includes “$50 million more than the House bill for immigration judges to speed the adjudication of asylum claims, as well as $61 million in pay for Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents” (The Washington Post). ~

Both Democrats and Republicans alike are unhappy with the opposing party’s associated bills. According to many high ranking Democrats, the Senate bill does not include needed strictures Democrats are demanding to ensure humane treatment of immigrant children. But according to Rep. Charles J. “Chuck” Fleischmann (Tenn.), many Republicans are unhappy with the lack of funding for immigration judges as well as restrictions on funding for ICE agents in the Democrat-led House bill. ~

This is Fact Based America – WE have the FACTS, YOU have the OPINIONS. What do you think about the issues highlighted by the two emergency funding bills at the Southern border? Are the bills being proposed by the Democrat-led House and the Republican-led Senate addressing the right issues?

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