The president says he needs the money to set up new detention facilities, conduct more aerial surveillance and hire immigration judges and Border Patrol agents to respond to the arrival of 52,000 children.
But many Republicans, especially in the House, remain deeply suspicious of the president’s commitment — a mistrust that led to a stalemate on a broader immigration overhaul and now threatens to at least delay speedy passage of this new spending request, says The New York Times.
Some Republicans say a key problem is a 2008 child trafficking law that handles migrants from Mexico and Canada far more quickly than from other countries, The Christian Science Monitor reports.
Critics of the law blame its procedures for minimizing the deportation of migrant children from other countries and consequently encouraging even more to come to the United States, says the CSM.
Are these children coming to the United States out of fear for their lives at home? Or are they and their families just looking for a better economic future? Here is a debate by six experts, in The New York Times.