Sunday October 4th, 2015 1:07AM

Senate reprieve for hotly-contested border bill

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A bill to deal with the immigration surge on the U.S.-Mexico border won a temporary reprieve in the Senate Wednesday as lawmakers maneuvered to offer some response to the crisis before adjourning for the summer.<br /> <br /> Senators voted 63-33 to advance the $3.5 billion emergency spending bill over an initial procedural hurdle. But with the GOP opposed, there was little expectation that the legislation would ultimately prevail with only days left before Congress' annual August recess.<br /> <br /> Republicans called the measure a blank check for President Barack Obama's failed policies and demanded policy changes opposed by Democrats to send the migrants back home more quickly. The bill also includes hundreds of millions of dollars to fight western wildfires and $225 million to help Israeli self-defense, but lawmakers were making plans to deal with the money for Israel separately.<br /> <br /> Still, Republicans and Democrats alike said the crisis of tens of thousands of unaccompanied Central American youths crossing illegally into South Texas demanded a response. Some Republicans voted in favor of moving forward Wednesday, saying they wanted to open debate on the measure in order to be able to offer amendments, though Democrats were expected to oppose such efforts.<br /> <br /> "My constituents back home don't understand why in the world we would leave without fixing this problem, without addressing this humanitarian crisis," said Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas. "If we don't do anything to deal with the causes or deal with a remedy for this growing humanitarian crisis, it's going to get worse."<br /> <br /> Cornyn was among 11 Republicans who voted with most Democrats to proceed to debate on the bill. Two red-state Democrats in tough re-election fights - Kay Hagan of North Carolina and Mary Landrieu of Louisiana - voted "no."<br /> <br /> The bill includes $2.7 billion for more immigration judges, detention facilities, enforcement measures and other steps to deal with the tens and thousands of youths who've been arriving illegally in South Texas without their parents. It does not include legal changes to permit authorities to turn unaccompanied Central American migrant youths around at the border without deportation hearings that existing law guarantees - a GOP demand that Democrats say would send the kids back to terrible conditions.<br /> <br /> Given that disagreement, there appeared to be no clear route to compromise.<br /> <br /> "The children are applying for refugee status, they should have their day in court," said Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md.<br /> <br /> House Republicans, meanwhile, were hoping they could act on their own solution, a slimmed-down, $615 million measure that leaves out the money for wildfires and Israel but includes the contentious policy changes rejected by Democrats. In addition to the legal change to send migrant youths home quickly, the House bill would dispatch National Guard troops to the border.<br /> <br /> But there was no guarantee that House Speaker John Boehner would be able to count on enough support to pass the bill as he aimed for a vote Thursday. Many conservatives remained skeptical of giving Obama any money and said the bill should do more to strike down Obama policies on immigration, and some outside conservative groups were urging lawmakers to stand opposed.<br /> <br /> Reid fomented conservative concerns by threatening to use the House bill as a vehicle to attach the Senate's comprehensive immigration overhaul bill, which the House has rejected.<br /> <br /> More than 57,000 unaccompanied minors have arrived since October, mostly from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. Many are fleeing vicious gangs and are trying to reunite with family members, but they also are drawn by rumors that once here, they would be allowed to stay.<br /> <br /> The Homeland Security Department says overwhelmed border agencies will be running out of money in coming months, and President Barack Obama asked Congress to agree to provide $3.7 billion.<br /> <br />
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