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Senate chairman warns against border policy change

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Posted: Jul 17, 2014 9:42 AM by Erica Werner
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: Senate, Foreign Relations, immigration, Central American, crisis, deport, hearing, border, Mexico, Congress, bill

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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