Alexander: President Trump, Congress Working Together to Address Border Crisis

Posted on June 19, 2019

WASHINGTON, June 19, 2019 – United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said President Trump and Congress are working together to address the humanitarian crisis at our southern border.

“President Trump is right to address the humanitarian crisis on the Southern border, and this is exactly the right way to go about doing it – identifying a problem and proposing a solution, then asking Congress for the funding. I’m glad the president and Congress are working together in a bipartisan way to address this crisis,” Alexander said. “A Senate committee today approved a $4.6 billion bipartisan bill, which included the president’s funding request to expand shelters, continue to care for unaccompanied children and provide additional security along the border. This is a significant response to a major national problem.”

The legislation, which Alexander supported and the Senate Appropriations Committee approved today, will provide:

  • $155 million for U.S. Marshals to house, transport and detain criminal migrants.
  • $65 million for more immigration judge teams, which will expedite immigration court proceedings. 
  • Funding to reimburse and adequately pay homeland security officers at our borders.
  • $2.9 billion dollars for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Unaccompanied Alien Children Program, which will expand shelter capacity and provide safe and appropriate care for migrant children in custody.
  • $793 million to improve migrant care and efficiently process migrants in immigration facilities.