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Illegal immigration in South Texas

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In this June 19, 2014 photo, a 14-year-old Guatemalan girl traveling alone waits for a northbound freight train along with other Central American migrants, in Arriaga, Chiapas state, Mexico. The United States has seen a dramatic increase in the number of Central American migrants crossing into its territory, particularly children traveling without any adult guardian. More than 52,000 unaccompanied children have been apprehended since October. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

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House Speaker John Boehner has said repeatedly that House Republicans will not give President Barack Obama a “blank check” in response to the administration’s $3.7 billion request for emergency funding to deal with an influx of child migrants at the southern border.

But if Congress breaks for August recess without passing any sort of spending measure to deal with the crisis — which it appears increasingly likely to do — it would not just create bad political optics for lawmakers, especially objecting Republicans, heading into a midterm election. It could also end up increasing how much the federal government needs to spend to address the problem. (Yahoo News)

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