Local Reaction to Humanitarian Crisis

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- In an effort to help the humanitarian crisis at our border, President Obama is asking Congress for billions of dollars to deal with this dilemma.

"The bottom line is: we know that a crisis is there. We know that it is huge," Albert Mbanfu said.

A "humanitarian crisis," as some have called it, is thriving at our southern border. Today, President Obama asked Congress for $3.7 billion dollars to care for the rush of unaccompanied minors across the border, and to strengthen our law enforcement there. Half of that money, $1.8 billion dollars, would be set aside to care for the minors. Many of them are fleeing from violence and crime back home in Central America.

One local resident says she wishes she could see immigration efforts approached in a different way.

"And I wish there was some better way that they could get here just so that they can have a better life for themselves."

The remaining money would be split between the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice for Law Enforcement along the border, and the State Department for Diplomatic Efforts to combat the root of this crisis.

Bowling Green's International Center Executive Director says he believes President Obama's decision is a good idea and that the amount is justifiable.

"For people to say or think that the money is huge, just look at the magnitude of the problem we have at our hands. So, I think it's a reasonable amount to take care of the crisis we have at our hands."

There are still several questions at hand, many wondering if the funding will make the process of sending minors back to their countries any faster.

Although opinions are mixed on how to handle this crisis, some Republicans are saying today's actions will not be enough.


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