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U.S. Senate advances emergency border bill amid immigration surge

English.news.cn   2014-07-31 07:19:39

WASHINGTON, July 30 (Xinhua) -- Amid immigration surge on the U. S.-Mexico border, the U.S. Senate on Wednesday voted 63-33 to advance an emergency spending bill that would provide 2.7 billion dollars to deal with the crisis.

The border bill also includes 615 million dollars in emergency funding to combat wildfires in the west and 225 million dollars for Israel's Iron Dome rocket defense system, bringing the total cost of the legislation to more than 3.5 billion dollars.

But with Republicans and a few Democrats opposing, it is high unlikely that the legislation would ultimately prevail with only days left before Congress' annual August recess.

The Homeland Security Department says overwhelmed border agencies will be running out of money in coming months, and the White House originally asked for 3.7 billion dollars in funding on the immigration issue.

Statistics showed that since October last year, more than 52, 000 unaccompanied minors have been apprehended crossing illegally into the United States through the southwest border. The vast majority of the illegal immigrants are from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

The issue has triggered disputes between Democrats and Republicans. While Democrats blame bad conditions in the children' s home countries for the flood of unaccompanied minors, Republicans point to Obama administration policies and lax enforcement as the primary pull factor.

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