Border Budget Battle

By Tracie Potts

Published 07/11 2014 10:21AM

Updated 07/11 2014 10:24AM

(NBC News)  The Obama Administration says it'll soon run out of money to deal with the crisis of children at the border unless lawmakers act quickly.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson heads to the border today. He'll be visiting a New Mexico detention center and meeting Texas officials after his two-day trip to Guatemala. 

In between, he came back to Washington Thursday to tell lawmakers that immigration and border officials will run out of money starting next month. 

"We're going to have to go to some very dramatic, harsh form of reprogramming," said the Homeland Security.

Lawmakers are working a deal to grant President Obama's $3.7 billion emergency request in exchange for allowing the government more flexibility to quickly deport children from Central America, and possibly put ankle bracelets on some immigrants here to ensure they show up for court. 

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