SD congressional delegation reacts to immigration crisis - KOTA Territory News

SD congressional delegation reacts to immigration crisis

The Obama Administration is defending its response to the immigration crisis on the Southwest border. And it’s promising to slow down the wave of unaccompanied children arriving from Central America.

In testimony prepared for a Senate hearing Wednesday, members of the administration say they are trying to increase detention space and are working with governments in the region. Their testimony comes a day after President Barack Obama asked Congress for $3.7 billion to deal with the crisis.

South Dakota's Sen. John Thune does not yet know if he will support funding to aide in that crisis. He would like to first see if the president and Congress could move money around in the departments of Health and Human Services and Homeland Security in an effort not to add to the country's debt.

“I don't think there's much interest on Capitol Hill in approving a blank check for the president. I think we want to know how it's going to be used, we want to see the plan, and make sure that it's actually going to fix the problem,” Thune said.

Meanwhile, Rep. Kristi Noem says she expects the House to come forward with a separate proposal. She says the House has put together a task force that has visited the border. “There are some things that need to be included that the president's proposal is lacking. I do believe the National Guard needs to be activated to help in this situation. And I'd also like to see a long-term solution,” Noem said.

A number of members of Congress, including Thune, say they want President Obama to be firm when signaling to other countries not to send children here.

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