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Local Lawmakers React to Immigration Crisis

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 It's a crisis of humanity, thousands of central americans crossing US borders and states like Texas are being overwhelmed.The president is asking for $3.7 billion to deal with the issue -- but many lawmakers, including two local congressman, are criticizing the move.

"Of the 3.7 billion that the president has requested, a large portion of that does not change the policy," says Rep. Jack Kingston, a republican from the 1st Congressional District. "What we need to do is have the same policy for Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador as we do for Mexico and Canada and that is to send the unaccompanied alien children back when they come here!"

And some democrats, like Congressman John Barrow, agree.

"The President's request spends money on unnecessary programs that we can't afford and does nothing to address the actual problem, and I can't support that," he says.

Others are defending the president, wagging the proverbial finger at those using the children to take shots at Obama.

Even so, Kingston and others are holding their ground and say until they see true progress in terms of policy change, they're squarely against granting the request for extra money.

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