A child-refugee crisis becomes a political test for the President
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The humanitarian crisis has been clear for months: since October 2013, more than 50,000 migrant children from Mexico and Central America have been captured at the U.S. border after crossing without adult caretakers. But the political crisis is just now emerging.
President Obama needs to find a way to deal with the influx, and the route he has chosen could dishearten many of his liberal allies while empowering his Republican foes. On July 8, Obama requested $3.7 billion in emergency spending to increase border enforcement, provide care for the children and send aid to their home countries. White House aides say he will also seek new authority to deport the children more quickly.