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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."

About the Author

Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges and Lonesome Dove.

Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, Texas Longhorns, The University of Montana Grizzlies.


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