Dems agree to billions in humanitarian aid for southern border

Dems agree to billions in humanitarian aid for southern border

The Office of Refugee and Resettlement, charged with thousands of unaccompanied minor migrants, could receive more money after the latest Democratic offer. | Gregory Bull/AP Photo congress Dems agree to billions in humanitarian aid for southern border By SARAH FERRIS and JOHN BRESNAHAN 05/16/2019 06:50 PM EDT Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Democratic leaders have agreed to fund a portion of the White House’s emergency funding request to address the surge of migrants at the southern border, according to multiple sources. Top Democrats indicated to Republicans late Thursday afternoon that they are willing to include some of the White House’s $4.5 billion proposal — specifically for humanitarian assistance — in a long-stalled disaster relief package.Story Continued Below Democrats are willing to devote more money to the Office of Refugee and Resettlement, which has been in charge of thousands of unaccompanied minors who have crossed the border this year. But they rejected the White House’s more contentious requests, such as more money for detention beds or the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. The formal offer from Democrats comes one week after Republican leaders first proposed tying the money for the White House’s border request to the disaster aid package, which includes $17 billion for communities affected by hurricanes, wildfires and extreme flooding in the last 18 months. Even if Democrats’ proposal isn’t entirely accepted, senior lawmakers from both parties believe they are getting closer to an agreement that can pass before the Memorial Day recess. Morning Shift newsletter Get the latest on employment and immigration, every weekday morning — in your inbox. Email Sign Up By signing up you agree to receive emai
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