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 TrumpAmash responds to 'Send her back' chants at Trump rally: 'This is how history's worst episodes begin' McConnell: Trump 'on to something' with attacks on Dem congresswomen Trump blasts 'corrupt' Puerto Rico's leaders amid political crisis 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.


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 LofgrenHere are the 95 Democrats who voted to support impeachment Ann Coulter offers rare praise for Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib Democratic leaders seek balance amid liberal push to go big on immigration MORE (D-Calif.) who is helping to work on the legislation, told the wire service. 

Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinTop Democrats demand security assessment of Trump properties Democrats warm to idea of studying reparations Hillicon Valley: Senators unload on Facebook cryptocurrency plan | Trump vows to 'take a look' at Google's ties to China | Google denies working with China's military | Tech execs on defensive at antitrust hearing | Bill would bar business with Huawei 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 DurbinDems open to killing filibuster in next Congress Democrats warm to idea of studying reparations Senate approves long-delayed tax treaties in win for business 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."