The flood of immigrant children crossing the Southwest border took center stage Thursday on Capitol Hill as a Senate committee moved to provide $100 million to respond to the crisis.
In addition, a group of Democratic lawmakers called for measures that included allocating funds to combat the violence in Central America — blamed for driving the flight of unaccompanied minors — to ensuring that children detained at the border receive legal assistance.
"Can you imagine how scared these children are?" Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) said at a Capitol Hill news conference.
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) cited reports that thousands of children younger...