"We're working -- trying to find some way to deal with what is a humanitarian crisis at our border," Boehner said.
But the intensifying political debate makes it increasingly unlikely
The latest complication is a proposal by GOP Sen.
Cruz told reporters Thursday that Obama's 2012 executive order creating the so-called Dreamers program was the "underlying problem" to the current crisis.
"The reason these children are coming is because they believe when they get here, they will receive amnesty," Cruz said.
But Cruz's proposal does not rest well with some of his Republican colleagues, particularly since Cruz's hard-line approach to last fall's government shutdown left the GOP badly battered in public opinion.
"This would be too much," said Sen.
With just eight working days remaining before the long August break, prospects for a compromise are fading.
The House appears unable to act and a GOP working group has yet to even produce its proposal. The
Lawmakers have hardened their positions along a familiar partisan divide, with Democrats preferring to approve President Obama's funding request and Republicans insisting that tough policy changes must be included to deport the children and prevent more arrivals.
Already, 57,000 unaccompanied minors have come to the border since Oct. 1, many simply turning themselves over to officials in hopes of remaining in the U.S.
The administration and Republicans both support such a change as a way to send a message to Central American families not to send their children on the dangerous journey north. But several Democrats worry about deporting children to potentially dangerous conditions in their home countries.
"Let's be optimistic and hope that the better angels will prevail," Pelosi said Thursday, adding that the crisis provided an "opportunity to show our greatness as a nation" by treating the children humanely.