2014-10-12T120619Z_1_LYNXNPEA9B084_RTROPTP_2_USA-DIPLOMACY-OBAMA

Obama hangs tough on migrant detention despite slowing influx

File photo of U.S. President Obama walking to the Oval Office after returning to the White House in WashingtonBy Richard Cowan and Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The surge in child migration from Central America is receding but the United States is aggressively pushing ahead with plans to expand detentions, a little-publicized part of a broader campaign to deter illegal migrants. Under pressure from opposition Republicans to stem the unprecedented flow of children earlier this year, the Obama administration beginning in June pledged to speedily return them to their home countries and help better secure borders in Mexico and Central America. …

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