Biden Budget Ask Addresses Border Issues, Asylum Backlogs

Law360 (April 9, 2021, 9:45 PM EDT) -- President Joe Biden's 2022 budget request to Congress, unveiled Friday, includes a heavy immigration focus, with $10 billion in humanitarian assistance to vulnerable people abroad, nearly half that amount for refugee resettlement and a 21% funding increase for immigration courts.

The total $1.5 trillion proposal, addressed to Senate Appropriations Committee chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., does not include new funding for the southern border wall, but has a number of proposals centered on dealing with the influx of immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border and the growing number of unaccompanied minors arriving in search of asylum.

The $4.3 billion request for the...

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