Dems crafting border proposal with focus on processing, counseling: report

Democrats are crafting legislation to address the surge of families entering the U.S. at the southern border, a problem they say has been exacerbated by President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump calls for Republicans to be 'united' on abortion Tlaib calls on Amash to join impeachment resolution Facebook temporarily suspended conservative commentator Candace Owens MORE's immigration policies, according to an Associated Press report.

The legislation, which has not been completed, will likely call to increase resources at the border to help with people who need medical attention, children's counseling and refugee processing, according to the AP.

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It would also create facilities in Central America to process American asylum applications and give humanitarian aid. 

“You don’t just wait for people to show up at the border. It’s the worst way to deal with it,” Rep. Zoe LofgrenZoe Ellen LofgrenHillicon Valley: Instagram cracks down on anti-vaccine tags | Facebook co-founder on fallout from call to break up company | House Dems reintroduce election security bill | Lawmakers offer bill requiring cyber, IT training for House House Dems reintroduce bill to protect elections from cyberattacks House Administration Committee to make election security a 'primary focus' MORE (D-Calif.) who is helping to work on the legislation, told the wire service. 

Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinSenate confirms Rosen for No. 2 spot at DOJ Senate confirms controversial 9th Circuit pick without blue slips Graham warns of 5G security threat from China MORE (D-Calif.) is also reportedly working on a bill to increase immigration courts' ability to deal with a heavier workload and make it illegal to separate immigrant families.

Any legislation introduced would face an uphill battle in the Republican-led Senate, but Democrats are hoping it will show voters they are trying to address the immigration issue, the AP reports.

The Senate's No. 2 Democrat, Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinLet's stop treating student borrowers like second-class citizens Trump's immigration push faces Capitol Hill buzzsaw Hillicon Valley: Trump takes flak for not joining anti-extremism pact | Phone carriers largely end sharing of location data | Huawei pushes back on ban | Florida lawmakers demand to learn counties hacked by Russians | Feds bust 0M cybercrime group MORE (D-Ill.), told the AP that Democrats are trying to meet with the White House on the issue, but pointed to failed immigration talks with Trump last year as a sign of difficulty in negotiations.

“This president is not an easy person to work with on this subject,” Durbin told the AP.

The number of people apprehended at the border surged in March, according to new figures released by Customs and Border Protection. The agency's commissioner previously said the immigration system at the border had reached a "breaking point."