By Amie Parnes - 06/30/14 03:00 PM EDT
President Obama on Monday formally requested that Congress grant him additional powers to deport the wave of young people illegally crossing the border.
Obama said the administration is working to execute a governmentwide strategy and is “eager” to work with Congress to ensure that “we have the legal authorities to maximize the impact” of administration efforts.
The lengthy letter did not say how much money Obama would request, but he expected to ask for $2 billion in supplemental appropriations.
The funding would help officials at the border deal with what many say is a humanitarian crisis. It would also help the administration hire more judges to give people hearings on whether they would stay or be deported.