Transcript for Obama Asks Congress for Emergency Border Aid
Now to the crisis at the border. The surge of illegal immigrants entering from Mexico, many of them children without their parents. This morning, president Obama is making an urgent request, asking congress for emergency funds to tackle the crisis. Jim Avila has the latest. Reporter: Good morning. Police on the texas/mexico border are scheduled to hold a news conference this morning about the body of an 11-year-old boy, believed to be one of the unaccompanied minors crossing the border illegally, adding to the urgency to fix the problem. This morning, the white house tries to get around a law that allows thousands of children and their mothers to cross the southwest border illegally and stay in the United States. President Obama sending a letter today to congress asking for $2 billion to build more facilities like this one to hold children in custody while they wait for immigration court to deport them faster. And asks for funds to hire more judges and changes in the law to allow border patrol to send the kids back to central America immediately, as they do with Mexican children. We have to house and take care of them until the machinery allows us to send them back sglr the administration says current law is causing a humanitarian crisis. Children crossing loon alone like this 16-year-old and his 12-year-old sister. Because they know, and the homeland security tells ABC news, the U.S. Only sends back less than 20% of the children. Most are reunited with parents here or adopted by foster parents. Making the warnings the president made seem empty. Do not send your children to the borders. If they do make it, they'll get sent back. More importantly, they may not make it. Reporter: Interesting enough, it may be the president's own party that push back against the letter today. And they say it's a humanitarian crisis, and putting kids and moms in prison-like facility signature not the American way.
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