White House threatens to veto House border bill

White House (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
White House (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House is threatening to veto a spending bill drafted by House Republicans to deal with the influx of Central American minors at the U.S. border.

The White House says the legislation does not contain enough money and would undercut due process protections for young migrants entering the U.S. illegally.

The Republican bill would provide $615 million to address the surge at the border. The amount is a fraction of the $3.7 billion sought by President Barack Obama. It also does not contain money to fight wildfires and to assist Israel, efforts supported by the White House.

The legislation includes policy changes Democrats reject.

In a statement Wednesday, the White House said the House bill would, quote, “put more arbitrary and unrealistic demands on an already broken system.”

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