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U.S. Rep. Doug Collins proposes funding for southern border
Doug Collins
Doug Collins

U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, and U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Alabama, have submitted legislation that would fund the Trump administration’s request for an additional $4.5 billion to address immigration.

Collins, ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, and Rogers, ranking member of the House Homeland Security Committee, are seeking to amend the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2019. Supplemental budget appropriations are made to cover emergencies, including disaster relief.

Collins said the funds are needed to fully address immigration issues at the southern border.

“The crisis at our southern border demands additional resources,” he said in a statement. “It's growing every day, and because of loopholes in immigration policy, the men and women who keep our nation safe remain overwhelmed and underfunded.”

The amendment includes $3.3 billion for humanitarian assistance, which includes shelter space for unaccompanied children, care for children in custody and transportation for border processing centers. $1.1 billion would be used for operations, including personnel, transportation and resources to address trafficking. $178 million would be used for technology and law enforcement pay.

Collins has also introduced the Fix Immigration Loopholes Act. That bill would require that children and parents be kept together while illegal immigration cases are pending. The bill also raises the credible fear standard for people seeking asylum and increases penalties for making false statements during asylum hearings. The Fix Immigration Loopholes Act has been referred to a House committee.