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July 15, 2014

House GOP prepares response to border crisis

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are preparing to recommend National Guard at the border and speedier returns of Central American youths as their response to the immigration crisis on the border.

The recommendations from a working group created by House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'nuhr) could come as early as Tuesday afternoon or Wednesday, according to the group's leader, Congresswoman Kay Granger of Texas.

At the same time Republicans are working to significantly pare down President Barack Obama's $3.7 billion emergency spending request for the border, hoping to act within weeks on a smaller spending bill along with a package of policy changes.

The action comes as lawmakers say Congress must swiftly act to deal with tens of thousands of unaccompanied youths from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala arriving at the border.

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