No money figure was offered by McAleenan during his testimony, as he also made reference to an ongoing effort by the Trump White House to produce a separate legislative package of proposed changes to U.S. immigration laws.
'The second request will be the administration's legislative proposal - which will be sent to the Congress shortly - to address to the key drivers of the humanitarian crisis," McAleenan added, noting a desire to speed up deportations.
In his testimony, McAleenan, who recently took over for Kirstjen Nielsen at DHS, said a breaking point had been reached at the border, especially in the sector around El Paso, Texas.
McAleenan said in March, over 100,000 migrants were apprehended, 'the most in one month for over a decade.'
On April 16, we had almost 5,000 people cross the border without authorization in a single day," the acting DHS chief added.
“Congress has to fix these horrible immigration laws,” President Trump said at a campaign rally last Saturday night in Wisconsin.