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Arizona’s US legislators won’t back multibillion dollar migrant-child plan

PHOENIX — Arizona Republicans in Congress said they won’t greenlight President Obama’s request for billions of dollars to deal with the migrant child crisis.

Rep. Paul Gosar said he doesn’t believe the U.S. House will approve the president’s call for almost $4 billion to handle the flood of undocumented children from Central America.

Gosar said the president’s plan is “filled with fluff” and not all of the money is going for more judges, detention facilities, and care for the kids.

“There’s over $650 million in this bill for wildland fires to try to extort the vote from western states,” he said.

Like his fellow Republicans and a growing number of Democrats, Gosar questioned why the president didn’t go to the border on his Texas trip this week.

U.S. Rep. David Schweikert (R-Ariz.) said it’s time for “real action from the president” to stop the flood of undocumented children across the Texas border.

Like Gosar, he doesn’t believe the president will get House approval for his funding request.

“Just because of where the money is being allocated. Remember, the president’s numbers approach $60,000 per unaccompanied minor.”

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