NEW INFORMATION: Obama seeks $3.7 billion to deal with border kids

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

WASHINGTON (AP) -- As he tackles what he has called a humanitarian crisis, President Barack Obama is asking Congress for $3.7 billion to deal with the minors from Central American who are illegally crossing the U.S. southern border.

The flood of migrants has strained immigration resources, and it's caused a political firestorm in Washington.

The White House says the money would help increase the detention, care and transportation of unaccompanied children. It would also help speed up the removal of adults with children by increasing the capacity of immigration courts. And it would boost the prosecution of smuggling networks.

Money would also go toward increased surveillance at the border, and toward helping Central American countries repatriate people who are sent back.

White House officials say they still hope to work with Congress to increase the administration's authority to deport minors who cross the border.

Obama plans to discuss the crisis with faith and local leaders during a political fundraising visit to Texas tomorrow, but he is resisting calls to visit the border for a firsthand look.
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Associated Press has learned that President Barack Obama is asking Congress for $3.8 billion to confront the influx of minors from Central America. The figure also includes extra money for fighting wildfires in the West.

The White House says the money would help increase the detention, care and transportation of unaccompanied children. It says the money would increase the capacity of immigration courts, increase prosecution of smuggling networks and help Central American countries repatriate border crossers sent back from the United States.

The request for money did not include proposals for legislative changes that the White House wants. White House officials said Tuesday they still intend to work with Congress to increase the administration's authority to deport minor border crossers.

About $625 million of the emergency spending request would go to fight wildfires in Western states.
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama will discuss the crisis at the border with faith leaders and local officials in Texas Wednesday.

The meeting comes as Obama faces pressure to visit the border while he's in Texas this week to raise money for Democratic congressional candidates. The White House has resisted the calls largely from Republicans to take a firsthand look at the tens of thousands of children arriving from Central America.

Among those calling for Obama to visit the border is Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry. Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett sent Perry a letter inviting him to Wednesday's meeting in Dallas.

Obama has called the situation at the border a "humanitarian crisis." The White House has warned that most of the children arriving at the border will not be allowed to stay in the U.S.


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