2014-06-20T211712Z_267999254_GM1EA6L0DNM01_RTRMADP_3_USA-IMMIGRATION-CHILDREN-GUATEMALA

White House announces steps to address immigrant surge

Jorge Hernandez Alcerro, Joe Biden, Salvador Sanchez Ceren, Otto Perez Molina and Miguel Angel Osorio Chong pose during a photo opportunity in Guatemala CityBy Mark Felsenthal WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House on Friday stepped up efforts to slow the flow of illegal children into the country, expanding the government’s ability to process and deport people and announcing new funding to boost security in crime-plagued Central American countries. The Obama administration said it would boost the ranks of immigration judges, lawyers and asylum officers to quickly decide what happens to people apprehended at the border and to return them to their home countries. “We are surging resources to increase our capacity to detain individuals and adults with children, and to handle immigration court hearings,” Homeland Security Deputy Director Alejandro Mayorkas told reporters. “This will allow Immigration and Customs Enforcement – or ICE – to return unlawful migrants from Central America who are ordered removed to their home countries more quickly,” he said.

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