WASHINGTON, D.C. (Worthy News)– President Barack Obama formally requested $3.7 billion in emergency spending from Congress to deal with the illegal immigration crisis.
The White House on Tuesday formally requested $3.7 billion in emergency funding from Congress to deal with an influx of Central American minors along the southern border. But the proposal was quickly met with broad skepticism among Republican lawmakers, who were doubtful that the package would be approved quickly — if at all.
Administration officials said the request is part of a comprehensive strategy aimed at building more detention centers, adding immigration judges, and beefing up border patrols and air surveillance. President Obama has said he hopes such steps will speed deportations and discourage adults from sending children on a dangerous, sometimes deadly, trip north.
But GOP leaders, who have called on Obama to take stronger action, said they were reluctant to give the administration a "blank check" without more-detailed plans to ensure that the money would help stem the crisis at the border. — Source
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