Prospects for any bipartisan House agreement on a plan to address the border crisis hit a hurdle on Wednesday as Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus said they would not go along with a proposal to speed-up deportations of children from Central America.
"Leader Pelosi opposes this legislation as it is not in furtherance of due process for these children," Pelosi spokesman Drew Hamill said.
Earlier this week, the minority leader had not seemed so definite. But members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and other Democrats have said they are opposed, and they have been lobbying Pelosi against it. On Wednesday afternoon, the Hispanic Caucus met with Obama about their opposition.
"I am energized and optimistic after meeting with the president," Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., said after the meeting. "We told the president the CHC will not support a supplemental budget request that undermines the legal protection for children and we will work with him to get the resources our government needs to respond to the humanitarian crisis we are seeing with child refugees from Central America."
"The Hispanic Caucus feels these kids still should have their day in court," said Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas.