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Obama seeks $3.7 bn to stem illegal border entries

US President Barack Obama speaks on July 7, 2014 in the Blue Room of the White House in WashingtonUS 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. Obama said the funds — a far higher sum than he signaled 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 southern US border this year after a perilous overland journey across Mexico. To stem the flow, the administration is looking to beef up border security with aerial surveillance, improve housing for the undocumented arrivals and speed up their deportations. Obama, in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, urged Congress to “act expeditiously” on his request.

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