Obama to seek funds to stem border influx

Immigration reform activists meet with lawmakers in Washington on June 27, 2014The White House is poised to seek about $2 billion in emergency funds to help stem the flow of tens of thousands of Central American children entering the United States illegally. The request will add to an already fiery debate in Washington over US immigration reform and growing concerns about the steady increase of minors illicitly smuggled from Central America and across Mexico into the US. The White House on Monday will send a letter informing Congress it will be requesting the additional resources to help boost border security, among other measures, as well as attempting to get to the root causes of migration. The measures will include stepping up the fight against criminal networks responsible for smuggling children, the official said, adding the administration of President Barack Obama will also ask lawmakers to modify existing statutes to simplify the process of returning deportees.

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