President Obama is holding off on seeking legal changes to speed up the deportation process for illegal immigrant children, but is seeking more money than initially expected from Congress to deal with the crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border.
The president sent a massive $3.7 billion request seeking funds for everything from transportation costs to border enforcement to surveillance to health services.
Officials said they are taking an "aggressive" approach.
At the same time, the administration is said to be moving on a separate track to seek expedited deportations. The administration insists it still plans to seek that authority and officials stressed on Tuesday that those crossing illegally cannot expect to stay in the U.S.
For the time being, the administration is seeking additional funding to handle the tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors now being housed in facilities across the country.
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