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President to ask for billions in aid to assist undocumented immigrants

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

President Barack Obama will ask Congress Tuesday for $2 billion to help deal with the surge of undocumented immigrants who have crossed the border illegally.

Most of the children and their mothers are from Central America and have been placed in holding centers in Texas, California and the center in Nogales.

The money President Obama is requesting would help with the hiring of more immigration judges and open additional detention facilities.

According to the White House they will allow the immigration review process to take place, but they do not expect many of the children arriving at the border to be able to stay in the U.S. United Nations officials are still pushing for many of the children to be treated as refugees.

On Thursday, July 10 officials from the UN are expected to meet with the U.S., Mexico and Central America migration departments to talk about obligations nations have to aid refugees.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says, it is not clear how long the legal process will take for the children to be sent back to the country they left.

Johnson says about 9,700 unaccompanied children from Central America were taken into custody in May.

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