Transcript for President Asking for Billions in Border Aid and to Fast-Track Deportations
We move now to a major announcement coming from the white house. Tomorrow president Obama is expected to ask congress for more than $2 billion. And new powers to address the crisis, that flood of children arriving here alone. Thousands of them now sleeping on the floor at defense centers. ABC's white house correspondent Jim Avila with the details tonight. Reporter: The border patrol is apprehending them by the thousands. About 350 children a day. Like this 16-year-old and his 12-year-old sister. But once here, American law says they cannot be sent back immediately. The president acknowledged the legal issues to George stephanopoulos. The problem is that under current law, once those kids come across the border there's a system in which we're supposed to process them and take care of them until we can send them back. Sources of the department of homeland security admit less than 20% are ever sent back to their home country. Why? Because of a law passed with bipartisan support and signed by president George W. Bush in 2008 and in order the immigration court to act in the best interest of the child and not house them in prison like facilities while here. Today the Obama administration signaled plans to change that law. The president will send a letter to congress tomorrow asking to fast-track the return of unaccompanied minors from central America and for $2 billion to hire more immigration judges and build more facilities to hold the children crossing. The president will also ask for money to house moms who bring their children across the border illegally. Currently most are simply dropped at the bus station and allowed to buy tickets north. Memphis. Ohio. Reporter: No official reaction from congress. But much of what's in the president's letter was suggested by members of the gop last week.
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