2014-07-13T172451Z_1_LYNXMPEA6C0CE_RTROPTP_2_USA-IMMIGRATION

Key Republicans balk at White House border funds request

Senator John McCain speaks during a hearing about border security in WashingtonBy Diane Bartz WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Leading Republican lawmakers balked on Sunday at supporting a White House spending request aimed at bolstering the U.S. border with Mexico, where thousands of children have crossed recently, while calling for changes in the law to allow faster deportations. The White House has asked for $3.7 billion in emergency funds to help pay for border security, temporary detention centers and additional immigration court judges to process asylum cases. The Obama administration warned lawmakers on Thursday that border security agencies would run out of money this summer if the request was not approved. Senator John McCain, an Arizona Republican, said when asked about the spending bill that the priority had to be stopping the flow of children and teenagers from Central America to the United States.

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