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Congressional delegation split on President Obama's immigration plan

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President Obama says Congress must act immediately to stop the flow of children coming into the U-S illegally from Mexico.

The President is proposing more than $3 billion in new spending to give the government resources to shore up the border; he says this isn't a time to play politics.

We spoke with our Congressional delegation and they are split on the plan.

For all three of South Dakota's Congressional leaders, there is no question that the current immigration crisis needs to be addressed.

It's just a matter of how.

On Tuesday, President Obama asked congress for $3.7 billion in emergency funds to help the thousands of unaccompanied minors crossing the border.

Senator John Thune agrees the crisis needs to be addressed, but he's wary of adding to the existing national debt. "One of the things that concerns me right now is whether there is capacity within the agencies, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Health and Human Services, which are two of the key agencies with regard to this issue, where they couldn't move some money around and find the resources that are necessary to combat this issue without having to ask for the additional funding."

Senator Tim Johnson said he thinks Congress should act immediately to approve the President's request -- while continuing to work toward a long-term solution.

He also said Obama's proposed action plan is a reasonable response to the humanitarian emergency on our border.

Representative Kristi Noem, meanwhile, tells us a house task force is working on a separate proposal to address the border crisis. "There are some things that need to be included that the President's proposal is lacking. I do believe that the National Guard needs to be activated to help in this situation. And I'd also like to see a long-term solution. Ultimately, we can't continue to have this situation go on into the future and we're looking for a solution that will really deal with that issue as well."

The Senate is expected to vote on the President's proposal sometime this month, according to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.


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