WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Republicans are preparing to recommend National Guard at the border and speedier returns of Central American youths as their response to the immigration crisis on the border.<br />
The recommendations from a working group created by House Speaker John Boehner could come as early as Tuesday afternoon or Wednesday, according to the group's leader, Congresswoman Kay Granger of Texas.<br />
At the same time Republicans are working to significantly pare down President Barack Obama's $3.7 billion emergency spending request for the border, hoping to act within weeks on a smaller spending bill along with a package of policy changes.<br />
The action comes as lawmakers say Congress must swiftly act to deal with tens of thousands of unaccompanied youths from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala arriving at the border.<br />
(Please check back for updates to this developing story.)
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