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U.S. House passes border aid funding bill

Video credit: Reuters - Politics
Published on June 26, 2019 - Duration: 01:39s

U.S. House passes border aid funding bill

The U.S. House of Representatives approves a $4.5 billion aid package to address the migrant surge along the U.S.-Mexico border.

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U.S. House passes border aid funding bill

The Democratic-led House voted 230-195, mostly along party lines, to pass its funding measure to provide aid for programs that house, feed, transport and oversee record numbers of Central American families seeking asylum in the United States.

The bill includes new standards for migrants in custody following reports of poor conditions facing young children at overcrowded facilities.

But the measure's fate is far from certain, as Trump has threatened a veto over its border enforcement restrictions and the Republican-led Senate is working on its own version of the bill.

The migrant surge has overwhelmed U.S. border facilities.

Many children crossing the border alone, and those separated from adults who are not their parents, are supposed to be transferred quickly out of border patrol custody.

The lawyers who described the conditions at the Texas facility monitor compliance with a legal settlement that attempts to ensure children are adequately cared for while they are being detained by the government.

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