WASHINGTON -- House Republicans are heading toward a vote Thursday on a slimmed-down bill to address the immigration crisis on the border by sending in National Guard troops and speeding unaccompanied migrant youths back to Central America.
The bill will cost $659 million through the end of this fiscal year, far smaller than the $3.7 billion requested by President Barack Obama. Lawmakers leaving a meeting on the issue Tuesday morning said the bill appeared to enjoy widespread support, although some conservatives said they remained opposed.
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Lawmakers said it was important to act this week before Congress adjourns for its annual August recess.
Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, predicted the legislation would pass with broad GOP support.