Trump Requests More Border Funding 💰
President Trump asked Congress on Wednesday to allocate an additional $4.5 billion in supplemental funding towards the southern border. Trump seeks funding to address what he refers to as a “humanitarian crisis.” This request threatens to cause another stalemate, months after Trump’s previous request for border money resulted in the longest U.S. Government shutdown in the nation’s history.
How will the money be spent?
The proposed funding includes $3.3 billion for humanitarian aid, $1.1 billion for border security, and $377 million for Department of Defense and National Guard services at the border. There were a reported 103,492 migrants found at the border in the month of March. These totals are an increase from the 16,794 recorded in March 2017.
The right frames additional funding as a positive measure, going as far as praising President Trump on remaining persistent in his campaign promises. Moreover, the notion that a large portion of the funding is being allocated towards improving housing and offering medical care to the migrants caught at the border each day alludes towards positive change, quelling humanitarian criticisms from the left.
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The left poses Trump’s request as one that creates an impending confrontation with Democrats in Congress, who are largely in opposition of ongoing border security measures. They are quick to bring up the poor treatment of migrants already detained at border sites, including the recent death of a 16-year-old migrant, furthering the idea that additional funding will not fix these pre-existing issues.
Where's the common ground?
Both sides aim to provide a safe environment for those detained at the border. The additional funding could be used positively, but the difference in thought gears towards how that would be accomplished.
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