WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is asking Congress to set up a fund of up to $2 billion to pay for sheltering migrant children who arrive with their families or alone at the U.S. border.
The president’s budget calls for the additional resources over a three-year period. The first installment in 2020 would total $480 million.
The issue of migrant children turned into a political debacle last summer for the administration after its “zero tolerance” policy led to parents and kids being separated at the border. But migrant children — often young teens — have been arriving for years.