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Big Problem, Little Time
By Brian Mooar
The crisis at the border is increasing the pressure on Washington this morning. Members of Congress are searching for ways to compromise, and time is running out.
Lawmakers go on their summer break, and then shift into campaign mode for the rest of the year, so if they're going to do something, it's critical that they come up with a plan now.
With the clock ticking down on Capitol Hill, the white house is looking to the states for help.
This vacant army reserve building outside of Baltimore might've been a temporary shelter for some of the thousands of children streaming across the U.S. border - until residents and local officials said no. "The bottom line is the community doesn't want it. The Representatives in Congress don't want it. The Department of Health and Human Services shouldn't be looking at it," said Rep. Andy Harris, (R) Maryland.
It's just one example of the pushback the Obama Administration is seeing as it tries to deal with a growing backlog of children and families coming into this country faster than they can be processed. "There has to be a halt to this. That's what we want," said Senator John McCain, (R) Arizona.
On Capitol Hill, the House and Senate are racing to find middle ground in the days remaining before the August recess, "When we see the children, we see the faces of our own children, we see the faces of our own nieces, nephews, we see the faces of our community," said Rep. Luis Gutierrez, (D) Illinois.
While Washington searches for a solution ... The Obama administration is looking for help from the Nation's governors.
At their conference in Memphis, several reportedly met behind closed doors with President Obama's HHS Secretary - and made it clear they're not ready to bear a burden Uncle Sam can't.
Back here on Capitol Hill, lawmakers are trying to strike a balance between speeding up deportations, and caring for children in this country until they're kicked out.