Obama Asks for Billions for Border, Republicans Balk at ‘Blank Check’

Wed Jul 9, 2014 AT 8:26 AM EDT

President Obama asked Congress for $3.7 billion Tuesday to stem a surge in illegal immigrant children, reports the New York Times. But the request was immediately met by Republican opposition due to the Obama administration’s failure to secure the border already. Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn proposed “luxury deportation” at a cost of $8 million instead, reports Politico.

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