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House, Senate Differ On Border Plan

FALFURRIAS, TX - JULY 22: A U.S. Border Patrol agent watches undocumented immigrants after taking them into custody on July 22, 2014 near Falfurrias, Texas. Thousands of immigrants, many of them minors, have crossed illegally into the United States this year, causing a humanitarian crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border. Texas Governor Rick Perry announced that he will send 1,000 National Guard troops to help stem the flow. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats and House Republicans are moving separately to slash President Barack Obama’s $3.7 billion emergency spending request for the southern border, but they’re unlikely to end up with a deal that could pass both chambers.

A Senate bill being unveiled Wednesday would allocate $2.7 billion for more immigration judges, detention facilities and other resources in South Texas, where tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors have been arriving. That amounts to a $1 billion reduction in Obama’s request.

House Republicans were expected to go even further, with more limited spending that would be focused heavily on enforcement provisions rather than caring for the youths.

The result looks like a stalemate, with little time left to resolve a deadlock because Congress’ annual August recess is just around the corner.

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