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Senate chairman warns against border policy change

10 months ago July 17, 2014 Jul 17, 2014 Thursday, July 17 2014 Thursday, July 17, 2014 8:42:40 AM EDT in News
Source: Associated Press

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee says it's not acceptable to change U.S. policy to speed Central American kids home faster from the border without court hearings.

Sen. Robert Menendez is a New Jersey Democrat. Menendez says the change would take due process rights away from children who've been arriving at the border by the tens of thousands.

Many Republican lawmakers are demanding such a change as their price for supporting any part of the president's nearly $4 billion emergency spending bill for the border crisis.

Menendez's comments at a committee hearing Thursday are the latest sign that a solution will be hard to reach with Democrats and Republicans issuing competing demands.

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