2014-06-24T195151Z_1_LYNXMPEA5N11R_RTROPTP_2_USA

Frustrated U.S. lawmakers urge tough action on child migration

Johnson testifies at a House Homeland Security Committee hearing on unaccompanied minors crossing the border into the U.S., on Capitol Hill in WashingtonBy Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) – One Republican lawmaker said on Tuesday America should “whack” its Latin American neighbors by cutting aid in response to a flood of undocumented minors entering the United States, while another asked where the children should be “dropped off when the buses bring them back.” As Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson assured U.S. lawmakers the Obama administration is doing everything it can, including dispatching more agents to the Mexican border, the crisis was deepening the stark battle lines between Republicans and Democrats in Washington. The debate adds another hurdle to efforts to pass legislation on immigration reform. Several Republicans at a House Homeland Security committee hearing sharply questioned Johnson about the crisis, accusing the administration of doing too little to prevent the thousands of illegal arrivals.

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