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GOP wants changes in 2008 law to OK immigration request

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Tens of thousands of children from Central America have come north and crossed America's southern border. (Source: CNN) Tens of thousands of children from Central America have come north and crossed America's southern border. (Source: CNN)

WASHINGTON, DC (CNN) - White House officials say even with President Barack Obama fundraising, the administration is working "aggressively" to solve the border crisis.

Even with thousands of migrant children still in limbo after flooding into the U.S. from Central America, the White House and Congress are hardly bordering on a solution.

"This is a problem of the president's own making," said House Speaker John Boehner, R-OH.

Boehner said Democrats won't get $3.7 billion in emergency funding for the border crisis unless Republicans can tweak a loophole in the law that offers the unaccompanied minors an enticement of special legal status.

"We've got a president who is AWOL. And the president ought to get engage in this if he actually wants something to happen,” Boehner said on Thursday.

A new CNN/ORC poll finds the public clamoring for change with 74 percent saying it's extremely or very important for the U.S. to deal with illegal immigration, a 10 point jump over last year.

"We must pass the president's requested supplemental bill,” said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-CA.

Central American leaders are in Washington asking for help.

An untold number of their children are being abused on their long journey north, according to the president of Honduras.

"Young girls, 13-year-olds. The coyotes are human smugglers. Give them birth control pills because most of them are going to be sexually abused,” said Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is calling for the National Guard to be deployed on the border.

"I will not stand idly by while our citizens are under assault and little children from Central America are detained in squalor. We're too good a country for that to occur,” Perry said.

The White House first dubbed Perry's request "symbolic" noting apprehensions of unaccompanied minors are down by half since last month.

"It seems to me that a much more powerful symbol would be the bipartisan passage of legislation that would actually make a historic investment in border security and send an additional 20,000 personnel to the border,” said White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest.

Now it turns out the Obama administration has its own team on the ground on the border assessing whether a National Guard deployment might be a good idea after all.

On Friday, Obama will meet with the presidents of Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.

The president wants the leaders to send a stronger message to their citizens to stop coming to the U.S. illegally.

In return those leaders want financial assistance but without that border bill they may not get it.

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