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Pressure is on Congress, President Obama to fix immigration crisis

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- There is a push today in Congress to fix the immigration crisis on the nation's southern border.

President Obama wants more money from Congress, but many lawmakers want the President to speed up deportations. That's where a compromise may come into play today.

Under current law, many children will wind up staying for years, or permanently. Congress will now look at a plan to still grant the kids court hearings, but speed them up from years after apprehension, to just days.

It's an idea from one Republican and one Democrat.

"Right now, we got about 375,000 kids that are still in backlog -- 375,000," said Rep. Henry Cuellar. "It takes 3-5 years to get to those cases, so therefore all the senator and I are trying to do is to give them a speedy trial date."

For all of the tens of thousands of immigrants who have illegally crossed the border this year, the federal government has now sent a small number -- about 40 -- back to Honduras.

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