Could Congress Find Fix for Border Crisis by Recess?

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House Republicans and Senate Democrats are rejecting each other's plans to resolve the border crisis as thousands of young immigrants continue to flood into the United States.

The massive influx has maxed out U.S. funds that were allocated for border control and facilities for illegal immigrants.

President Barack Obama has asked for $3.7 billion to help deal with the crisis. The House of Representatives has scaled that back to $1.5 billion, but Senate leaders want to spend a billion dollars more than the House.

The House is also trying to fix the root causes of the crisis. One proposal would send in the National Guard. Another proposal would change a 2008 anti-trafficking law to allow Central American children to be turned around quickly at the border and sent back home.

Unintended consequences from that anti-trafficking law are one of the main reasons why all the immigrant children are being kept in the United States in overcrowded detention facilities while they're being processed.

Top Senate Democrats refuse to include any change to that 2008 law, stating that they don't want to address any underlying issues at this point.

"We don't want a backdoor version of bad immigration reform. This bill is only a money bill. It does not include immigration legislation," said Senate Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski, D-Md.

It's not clear if the two sides will be able to agree on anything before heading home in August for a summer recess.

"Without trying to fix the problem I don't know how we actually are in a position to give the president any more money," House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio. "What the president's asking for is a blank check."

Some of the more conservative members of the GOP caucus are unconvinced about taking any action at this time.

"If Republicans move forward on this, we're now jumping right in the middle of President Obama's nightmare and making it ours," said Rep. John Fleming, R-La.

Fleming said he worried that any House-passed bill "will be turned on its head" by the Senate "and actually make the problem even worse."

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