(NBC NEWS) – The nation’s new Attorney General heads to Capitol Hill today to ask Congress for $28 billion dollars next year.
Some of it may be used to deal with the aftermath of questionable arrests like Baltimore, but the biggest increase she’s asking for is to deal with immigration.
This morning, Attorney General Loretta Lynch will ask Congress for a 40% increase in her immigration budget to deal with a massive backlog of cases –Including children who’ve crossed the border without their parents.
She wants more money for prisons, state and local grants for things like police body cameras, and civil rights investigations.
Baltimore’s mayor wants the feds to scrutinize her police after six officers were charged in the death of Freddie Gray. “I believe we need the assistance of the Department of Justice and the civil rights foundation to shore up that foundation that is weak right now in our city,” said Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.
“We’ll consider that request as well as any other request for assistance that we get,” said U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
“The Justice department has the power of the purse to begin to restore the trust between the community and the police department,” said Senator Barbara Mikulski, (D) Maryland.
All that plus: fighting terror – 106 million to help the FBI track people like the alleged gunmen killed in Sunday’s attack in Garland, Texas.
That’s a full plate and a big challenge for an attorney general now less than two weeks on the job.