Money for border battle stuck in D.C.

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Posted: Aug 1, 2014 8:32 PM by Trey Schmaltz
Updated: Aug 1, 2014 8:32 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Congress, government, border, Mexico, Louisiana, politics, Trey Schmaltz

WASHINGTON - The House approved a $694 million bill to address the crisis of unaccompanied minors crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, many of whom have sought refuge in Louisiana.

Late Friday, the GOP legislation passed 223-189 on a nearly party-line vote. The bill was pulled a day earlier because of a lack of support. It increases spending for National Guard at the border and add immigration judges and detention facilities. It also includes policy changes to send migrant kids home more quickly.

The passage by the House comes a day after it was revealed there are more than 1,000 of the minors in Louisiana. It created a political rift between republican and democrat state legislators.

Governor Bobby Jindal slammed the federal government over the process, saying it was not right to make deals and not inform state leaders.

But, the move in the nation's capital Friday won't go anywhere since the Senate has already adjourned for the summer.

President Barack Obama said Friday, he'll have to act on his own to deal with the border crisis.

Monday, a special convoy of Louisiana State Police and politicians will visit the border in Texas.
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