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Prospects fade for resolution on border crisis (w/video)

WASHINGTON — Prospects for action on the nation's border crisis faded Thursday as lawmakers traded accusations rather than solutions, raising chances that Congress will head out for its summer recess without doing anything about the tens of thousands of migrant children streaming into South Texas.

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas announced plans to try to cancel out President Barack Obama's 2-year-old policy that granted work permits to hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought illegally to the country as youths, saying it was causing the crisis — something the administration disputed. "The problem will not be solved until we make clear that those coming here illegally will not be granted amnesty," Cruz declared.

That drew a rebuke from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who complained on the Senate floor: "Instead of considering a thoughtful, compassionate solution to a real-life crisis, radical Republicans would rather hold these kids ransom."

Meanwhile Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey, chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, declared himself dead-set against legal changes to speed return of the migrants to Central America more quickly — changes Republicans have demanded as the price for approving any part of Obama's $3.7 billion emergency spending request for the border. "I understand the desire to accelerate the process, but accelerating without due process is not acceptable," Menendez said.

Taken together, the developments suggested lawmakers were hardening their positions, leading House Speaker John Boehner, who regularly declares himself a glass-half-full optimist, to downgrade hopes for a solution.

"I don't have as much optimism as I'd like to have," said Boehner, R-Ohio.

Prospects fade for resolution on border crisis (w/video) 07/17/14 [Last modified: Thursday, July 17, 2014 10:14pm]
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