Boehner uncertain Congress can act on border crisis this month

Speaker of the House John Boehner walks from the podium after speaking to the media on Capitol Hill in WashingtonBy Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House Speaker John Boehner on Thursday expressed doubts Congress would agree by the end of this month on an emergency response to the crisis involving an influx of thousands of child migrants at the U.S. southern border. President Barack Obama, a Democrat, has requested $3.7 billion in emergency funds to bolster border security and speed up deportations. The Obama administration has warned Congress that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement would run out of money by mid-August and that U.S. Customs and Border Protection funds would be depleted by mid-September. Many Republicans want to use Obama’s emergency funding request to change the 2008 human trafficking law, which gives some immigrant children more protections from deportation.

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