Border money request will precede legal proposals

President Obama is asking for more than $2 billion to deal with the crisis of unaccompanied kids at the Southern border. (7/8/14)

WASHINGTON - (AP) -- President Barack Obama is preparing to ask Congress for emergency spending of more than $2 billion to deal with the crisis of unaccompanied kids at the Southern border, but for now he won't seek legal changes to send the children back home more quickly

That decision comes after immigration advocates objected strongly to administration proposals to speed thousands of unaccompanied minors back home to El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, where many face gang violence.

The White House insists the children must be returned.

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Administration officials say they are still working on ways to do it faster, but say the request for specific legislative changes will move on a separate track from the emergency spending request Obama is sending to Congress on Tuesday.

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