On border, Obama prods GOP while citing progress

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

WASHINGTON (AP) -- With one week left before Congress' August recess, President Barack Obama is prodding Republicans to help ease the influx of minors and migrant families from Central America.

But with chances dimming that border legislation will reach his desk before the break, he also is focusing on other ways to stem the flow.

GOP leaders are working against time to find a consensus within their party to deal with more than 57,000 children and other migrants who have arrived since October.

Obama's push for congressional action comes as GOP lawmakers are attempting to coalesce behind a narrow package of changes. Among them: sending National Guard troops to the border, increasing the number of immigration judges and changing a law so migrant youths could be sent home more quickly.


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