Video has emerged of a group of seven migrants scaling the U.S.-Mexico border with a rope ladder on Tuesday at 6.30pm
The group, including one woman, use the rope to land in El Paso, Texas
Shortly after scaling the wall, they were confronted by a border patrol agent
On Wednesday the Trump administration asked Congress for $4.5billion in emergency funding
Request includes $3.3 billion for shelter, food and other requirements for migrants in custody, and an additional $1.1 billion for personnel
On Tuesday a 16-year-old boy from Guatemala died in U.S. custody, marking the third death of a undocumented minor in government custody
By MARLENE LENTHANG
1 May 2019
Shocking video has emerged of migrants using a rope ladder to scale the towering barrier at the U.S.-Mexico border.
The clip taken Tuesday shows a line of seven migrants, including one woman, waiting to use the rope to precariously climb down the border wall into south El Paso, Texas.
The video emerged as the Trump administration asked Congress for a whopping additional $4.5billion in emergency spending money to beef up border security and deal with the surge of Central American migrants entering the country.
In the startling footage taken around 6.30pm Tuesday night, the migrants take turns scaling down the rope to land on U.S. soil.
Shortly after making it over, they were reportedly confronted by a border agent in an unmarked car. He was seen telling the migrants to stop, according to KVIA.
The White House asked for the $4.5billion to deal with the ‘humanitarian and security crisis’ at the southern border, senior administration officials said Wednesday.
A summary of the request obtained by the AP says the White House wants $3.3 billion for humanitarian aid to increase shelter capacity for unaccompanied migrant children and the feeding and care of families.
An additional $1.1 billion would go toward operational support, including personnel expenses, detention beds, transportation and investigative work on smuggling. And the final $178 million would be used for mission support, including technology upgrades.
The Department of Health and Human Services, which manages the care of migrant children who arrive alone or who are separated from their parents by DHS under certain circumstances, says they’ll exhaust their resources by June if they don’t get $2.8billion from the government for shelter space.
‘DHS projects it will exhaust resources well before the end of the fiscal year,’ reads the formal request letter to Congress, also obtained by the AP.