(Reuters) - U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner on Thursday expressed support for changes to immigration law that would let the United States deport Central American children crossing into the country illegally as quickly as it does Mexican children.
U.S. law allows Mexican minors to be sent back promptly, although there are some steps those children can take to try to remain in the United States. A 2008 victims trafficking law requires that children from countries not bordering the United States, including those in Central America, be given added legal protections before they are deported.
It should be noted that the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2013, is sitting in Committee and has been there for over a year. Another missed opportunity to fix the current problems.
Obama, battling political pressure to halt the influx of child migrants along the Texas border with Mexico, has asked Congress for $3.7 billion in emergency funds to address the crisis.
"We're not giving the president a blank check," said Boehner, leader of the Republican-controlled House.
But it would not be a so-called "blank check" as Boehner suggests. Where the money will go, exactly how much and how it will be used is detailed in the following fact sheet.
Boehner said the House should act on some sort of immigration legislation this month. He has formed a working group of lawmakers to study options.
Now, Boehner is interested in "some sort of immigration legislation" after a year of the House doing nothing.