Possible compromise emerges on White House border request

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Thomas Winkowski, right, seated next to as Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator Craig Fugate, left, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection commissioner Gil Kerlikowske, center, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 9, 2014, before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on the problems with the increased rise in apprehensions at the Southern border. Top Obama administration officials told senators Wednesday they're struggling to keep up with the surge of immigrants at the Southern border.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Thomas Winkowski, right, seated next to as Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator Craig Fugate, left, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection commissioner Gil Kerlikowske, center, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 9, 2014, before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on the problems with the increased rise in apprehensions at the Southern border. Top Obama administration officials told senators Wednesday they're struggling to keep up with the surge of immigrants at the Southern border. Susan Walsh/AP Photo

WASHINGTON — Outlines of a possible compromise over President Barack Obama's $3.7 billion emergency border spending request are emerging on Capitol Hill.

They involve making policy changes to allow the minors streaming to the border from Central America to be sent home more quickly.

The top House and Senate Republicans both said Thursday that they don't want to give the president a blank check and want to see the law changed to speed the children's deportations.

Immigrant advocacy groups and some Democratic lawmakers have opposed such steps. But the top House and Senate Democrats on Thursday left the door open to them.

The White House also has backed such changes, although in face of advocacy opposition it has yet to formally propose them.

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