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President Obama on Monday formally requested that Congress grant him additional powers to deport the wave of young people illegally crossing the border.

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In a letter to congressional leaders, Obama also asked for more money to deal with the surge of people, mostly children, from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, who have come to the border in escalating numbers.

Obama said the administration is working to execute a governmentwide strategy and is “eager” to work with Congress to ensure that “we have the legal authorities to maximize the impact” of administration efforts.

The lengthy letter did not say how much money Obama would request, but he expected to ask for $2 billion in supplemental appropriations.

The funding would help officials at the border deal with what many say is a humanitarian crisis. It would also help the administration hire more judges to give people hearings on whether they would stay or be deported.

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