Obama seeks $3.7 bn to stem illegal border entries

July 8, 2014 4:32 pm
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Obama seeks $3.7 bn to stem illegal border entries/AFP
Obama seeks $3.7 bn to stem illegal border entries/AFP
WASHINGTON, July 8- President Barack Obama on Tuesday requested $3.7 billion in emergency funding from Congress to help cope with a surge of unaccompanied child immigrants from Central America.

White House officials said the funds, far higher than the president signalled he would request late last month, would help ease an “urgent humanitarian situation” that has seen tens of thousands of minors from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras illegally cross the US border this year.

The appropriation would go to various US government agencies and would fund an increase in immigration judges, asylum officers and border agents, speed and expand deportation operations, and add detention facilities, the officials said.

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