AP sources: Obama backs off border policy changes
AP sources: Obama border request won't include authority to deport children more quickly
Associated Press
2014-07-08 06:42 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is holding off for now on seeking new legal authority to send unaccompanied migrant children back home faster.

The approach is a change from what the White House has signaled and follows criticism from immigration advocates who said the administration's planned approach was too harsh.

It was confirmed Monday by two congressional aides who spoke on condition of anonymity ahead of a formal announcement.

Obama intends to ask Congress on Tuesday for more than $2 billion in emergency spending to deal with the children who've been arriving by the thousands from Central America.

For now, he will not ask Congress to change the law to allow him to send the children back home faster. White House officials said they still want more authority to act more quickly.

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