Republicans Push Back On Obama's Request For Emergency Funds

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Republicans are balking at President Barack Obama's request for nearly $4 billion in emergency funding to deal with the tens of thousands of unaccompanied children crossing into the U.S. from Central America.

That money would pay for, among other things, additional border security, better housing and care for the children coming in, more immigration judges to speed up deportation proceedings and increased assistance to the three countries that most of the children are fleeing from: El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

Some Republicans are now saying that if the president wants that funding, they want a change to the 2008 law that requires that children from non-contiguous countries get an immigration hearing before being deported.

Here & Now's Robin Young gets the latest from Alan Gomez, immigration reporter for USA Today.


This segment aired on July 11, 2014.


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