Obama to seek $2B for ‘ur­gent’ bor­der sit­u­a­tion

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BROWNSVILLE, Texas — Pres­i­dent Barack Obama will seek more than $2 bil­lion to re­spond to the flood of im­mi­grants il­le­gally en­ter­ing the U.S. through the Rio Grande Val­ley area of Texas and ask for new pow­ers to deal with re­turn­ing im­mi­grant chil­dren ap­pre­hended while trav­el­ing without their par­ents, a White House of­fi­cial said Satur­day. With Obama look­ing to Congress for help with what he has called an “ur­gent hu­man­i­tar­ian sit­u­a­tion,” House Mi­nor­ity Leader Nancy Pelosi vis­ited a Bor­der Pa­trol fa­cil­ity in Brownsville that held un­ac­com­pa­nied chil­dren. More than 52,000 un­ac­com­pa­nied chil­dren, most from Cen­tral Amer­ica, have been ap­pre­hended en­ter­ing the U.S. il­le­gally since Oc­to­ber. “The fact is these are chil­dren — chil­dren and fam­i­lies,” Pelosi said. “We have a moral re­spon­si­bil­ity to ad­dress this in a dig­ni­fied way.” Obama plans to make the re­quests of Congress in a let­ter to be sent Mon­day, the White House of- fi­cial said. De­tails of the emer­gency ap­pro­pri­a­tion, in­clud­ing the ex­act amount and how it will be spent, will come af­ter law­mak­ers re­turn from their hol­i­day re­cess on July 7, said the of­fi­cial, who was not au­tho­rized to speak by name and dis­cussed the re­quests on con­di­tion of anonymity. In Brownsville, Pelosi said she holds lit­tle hope that Congress will pass com­pre­hen­sive im­mi­gra­tion re­form this year but that pol­i­tics should be set aside.

| GABE HERNANDEZ/AP

Im­mi­grant ad­vo­cates at­tend a vigil for the refugee chil­dren and fam­i­lies ar­riv­ing in the Rio Grande Val­ley.

Nancy Pelosi

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