The White House is expected to request additional funding to address the humanitarian crisis at the southern border as illegal crossings continue to mount.
Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan notified lawmakers Tuesday saying there is not enough resources to address the crisis, and those already available will be used completely very soon.
McAleenan also mentioned funding appropriated for the 2020 budget will be helpful but more resources are still needed as the crisis continues.
He also said the funding would be used for migrant processing facilities offering “appropriate medical attention, food, and temporary shelter.”
The preliminary request comes as government data has indicated significant spikes in border apprehensions and attempted illegal crossings.
If the Democrats don’t give us the votes to change our weak, ineffective and dangerous Immigration Laws, we must fight hard for these votes in the 2020 Election!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 30, 2019
President Trump has emphasized the importance of hiring more border agents and redirecting resources and funding to mitigate the ongoing crisis.
McAleenan took over as the head of the DHS after former Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen resigned earlier this month.