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Central American immigrants atop a northbound freight train in August, 2013 in Ixtepec, Mexico. President Obama's proposed federal budget includes $1 billion worth of aid for Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, the three main countries from where tens of thousands of children and teens traveled recently to the United States, many arriving unaccompanied at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Central American immigrants atop a northbound freight train in August, 2013 in Ixtepec, Mexico. President Obama's proposed federal budget includes $1 billion worth of aid for Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, the three main countries from where tens of thousands of children and teens traveled recently to the United States, many arriving unaccompanied at the U.S.-Mexico border.
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Obama Immigration Budget Underscores Deep Division with GOP - Wall Street Journal The Obama administration's proposed budget includes an increased budget for the Department of Homeland Security, including $374 million for border security. However, "even before lawmakers address Mr. Obama’s budget proposal for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, they’re certain to undertake a different fight over immigration. Because of Mr. Obama’s action shielding many illegal immigrants, the GOP-led Congress has funded the Department of Homeland Security only through Feb. 27."

US sets Feb. 18 to begin applying for immigration relief - Southern California Public Radio The first wave of immigrants who would benefit from President Obama's executive order on immigration will be able to start applying for temporary legal status on Feb. 18. These would be people who arrived in the United State as minors, regardless of how old they are now. A second group, the parents of U.S. citizens and legal residents who have lived at least five years in the country, are expected to be able to apply this spring.

Democrats move to block GOP on immigration - USA Today Senate Democrats plan to block a House GOP-led bill that aims to undo President Obama's executive order on immigration. From the story: "If the bill fails to pass in the Senate, it will be kicked back to the U.S. House, where Republican leaders must decide whether to withdraw their immigration amendments or risk a partial shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security at the end of February."

Obama Seeks $1 Billion To Curb Central American Immigration - CBS DC President Obama's proposed federal budget includes $1 billion "to help curb illegal immigration from three Central American countries, according to the president’s budget request." The Obama administration first proposed aid for Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala last year, after tens of thousands of unaccompanied children and teens arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border.