An influx of thousands of unaccompanied children from Central America has provided the latest fodder for the contentious debate over immigration reform.
The Times reports that President Obama has requested that Congress approve $2 billion in emergency funding to strengthen border security, and he wants authority to quickly deport children who are illegally crossing the Southwest border into United States.
Many of the children are being sent for processing and shelter in California and Oklahoma.
Immigration advocates have cautioned against rushing to deport the youngsters before learning more about their reasons for fleeing. But proponents of tougher immigration laws believe sending the children home would send a strong message against illegal immigration.
What is swelling into a humanitarian crisis has reignited the debate over the urgent need for reform.