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(NBC News) - The formal request comes today - two billion dollars President Obama wants to deal with the crisis at the border.

But according to the Washington Post, he won't ask Congress for extra legal authority to deal with the problem - not now.

President Obama heads to Texas tomorrow - but he's not scheduled to visit the border. And while he's taking some heat for that, his focus today is getting Congress to pay for housing immigrant families, and sending them home.

There's growing concern in Washington about the welfare of thousands of children who've crossed the border alone. "What we want from the president is that he doesn't deport those kids," said Gustavo Torres, Exec. Director, Casa de Maryland.

And there's growing concern about the cost of keeping them here. "We've got to take care of the children. We can't leave them in a circumstance where they're not fed or taken care of or in a safe condition. We'll have to find some money I guess to do that," said Senator Jeff Sessions, (R) Alabama.

Today President Obama will formally ask Congress for two billion dollars for more judges and legal aid, to begin deportations, and for detention facilities to house in influx of immigrants from Central America - facilities the president hasn't yet seen for himself. "President Obama evidently needs a wake up call, and visiting the border and learning first-hand about the severity and causes of this ongoing crisis will be that wake up call," said Senator John Cornyn, (R) Texas.

But despite the circumstances back home, the White House doubts the children will qualify for humanitarian relief. "What that means is it means that they will not have a legal basis for remaining in this country and will be returned," said White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest.

But what is still up in the air. Is how many will qualify and how long until those decisions can be made.

There's no word on how long it'll take Congress to approve those emergency funds.


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