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July 14, 2014 4:52 PM

An explainer on unaccompanied children crossing U.S. border

President Barack Obama is urging Congress to approve $3.7 billion in emergency funds to help government agencies handle an influx of unaccompanied children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border illegally. The president’s proposal would speed up deportations of children, lift a current immigration law and add more resources to Border Patrol, which is practically out of space to accommodate the children. Here’s some background on the story:

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