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Obama requests $3.7 billion to address influx of immigrant children
Obama requests $3.7 billion to address influx of immigrant children

— President Barack Obama asked Congress on Tuesday for $3.7 billion in emergency funding to address the influx of children from Central America entering the country illegally, a first step in what the White House described as a broader effort to speed deportations. The proposal — which includes $1.8 billion to provide shelter and medical care for children fleeing violence and poverty in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras — is likely to set off a more expansive debate on Capitol Hill about immigration, which lawmakers had put on hold ahead of this year's midterm elections. Obama's request is the most significant response the White House has made to what the...

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