$1.375 billion for projects all in the Rio Grande Valley
Would fund 55 miles of barriers
Can’t be built in several parks or nature reserves.
200 border patrol agents who have already been hired
No new agents for the rest of the year
600 new customs agents for this year. Also funds to fill 600 now vacant
slots for customs agents.
Funds for space to detain a daily average capacity of 45,274 people for the year. (Currently 49,000 capacity)
New alternatives to detention program.
$30 million for family case management support.
$192 million for a new processing and holding site in El Paso, Texas,
for families and unaccompanied minors.
Treatment of detainees:
Facilities should be equipped with temperature controls.
Avoid chain-link fence-type enclosures.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE):
Adding 112 new health staff.
Requires filing weekly reports on detainees and monthly reports on family
$95 million above last year for “custody operations”.
50 new judges over last year’s number.
Priority hiring for highest workload areas.
$414 million for humanitarian aid. (Includes $128 million for medical staff, $40 million for food, formula and diapers)
$24 million for transportation between detention facilities.
*Based on PBS News Hour, Lisa Desjardins