WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner says he's not as optimistic as he'd like to be about a quick congressional response to the crisis at the border with Mexico.
The Ohio Republican told reporters it's hard to envision a compromise without changing a 2008 law that lets Central American youths remain in the U.S. until there's a hearing on their case. That can take months, and Boehner says that law is being abused. His comments came amid growing concern about thousands of unaccompanied youngsters entering the country illegally.
Boehner said Republicans have yet to decide what they'll do. He said the problem needs to be addressed, but expressed doubt that a package could be completed before Congress leaves for its August recess.
President Barack Obama wants a $3.7 billion emergency package.