President Obama is planning to ask Congress for more than $2 billion to try and stem the flood of Central American migrants streaming across the U.S.-Mexican border, including children without their parents.
In a letter to be sent to Congress on Monday, Obama will also ask for new powers to help the government speed up deportation of migrants back to their original countries.
The request, which is still being finalized, will also include humanitarian assistance.
The Associated Press, citing an unidentified administration official, reports:
"The official says that details of the emergency appropriation will come after lawmakers return from their holiday recess on July 7.
"The president will ask that the Homeland Security Department be granted the authority to apply 'fast track' procedures to the screening and deportation of all immigrant children traveling without their parents."