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Politics And The Border Crisis

President Obama, lawmakers face off over border crisis.
Not everyone is on board with President Obama's plan to deal with the border crisis.

With just days until Congress breaks for the summer, more lawmakers are standing up against the Obama Administration, opposing his $3.7 billion request to deal with the issue.

This as more states say "no" to temporary housing for the immigrants.

Congress is now down to days-- all that's left this summer to approve funding, change the process-- to deal with the thousands of families, children, that have stirred this nation's emotions.

Last night the President met with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus many though not all of whom fiercely oppose changing the law that gives all Central American kids a chance to plead their cases for asylum here.

"It was a very emotional meeting but emotional in the sense that we were connected to one another. The pain that we feel about children at the border and the pain that we feel given that a thousand people will be deported today and two million have been deported, that pain that our community is going  - the destructive nature of our broken immigration system."

The White House also briefed the Senate behind closed doors last night. Asking for nearly 4 billion dollars-- and a change in the law with very mixed reactions:

"Nothing is going to improve until the plane loads of children return to the country that they left."

"The average cost of dealing with an unaccompanied minor was $250 to $1,000 a day. That is unbelievable."

Many Republicans want to change that Bush-era anti-trafficking law that gives kids from countries not bordering the US a legal shot at asylum that most kids from, say, Mexico, don't get even though most will be sent home anyway.

A law that many of these same lawmakers voted for at the time not knowing this surge of unaccompanied minors would start around 2012.  The same year President Obama allowed many immigrants brought here as children to stay.

The legal process now can take years, temporary housing is needed around the country, but several states, even some Democrats running those states-- are saying no to the White House -- and insist it's the federal government's burden:

"The Congress of the U.S. should appropriate $3.7 billion dollars which the president has asked for."

The Republican-led house is expected to consider a pared-down bill to address the issue.

But GOP leaders say the legislation will try to make changes to the requirement that minors not from Mexico or Canada who enter the US illegally get an immigration hearing before being returned home.

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