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Divided House moves toward vote on border crisis

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By ERICA WERNER
Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- A divided House of Representatives is moving forward on a bill to address the immigration crisis on the southern border after GOP leaders made concessions to win conservative support.

Republicans say they believe they will command the votes to prevail later Thursday on the legislation to send resources to the U.S.-Mexico border and speed the return of unaccompanied minors arriving here from Central America.

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They also intend to advance a companion measure that would block President Barack Obama from expanding a program that offers relief from deportation to hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children.

That legislation was added at the last minute after conservative support for the border bill looked soft, partly because conservatives said it didn't go far enough to limit Obama.

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