AP sources: Obama backs off border policy changes

ERICA WERNER, JIM KUHNHENN, Associated Press
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President Barack Obama, glances back during a reception in the East Room of the White House in Washington,  June 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

President Barack Obama, glances back during a reception in the East Room of the White House in Washington, June 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is holding off for now on seeking new legal authority to send unaccompanied migrant kids back home faster.

The approach is a change from what the White House has signaled and follows criticism from immigration advocates who said the administration’s planned approach was too harsh.

It was confirmed Monday by two congressional aides who spoke on condition of anonymity ahead of a formal announcement.

Obama intends to ask Congress on Tuesday for more than $2 billion in emergency spending to deal with the children who’ve been arriving by the thousands from Central America.

For now he will not ask Congress to change the law to allow him to send the kids back home faster. White House officials said they still want more authority to act more quickly.

 

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