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McConnell Offers Immigration Amendment

McConnell Offers Immigration Amendment

By Tiffany Johnson. CREATED Jul 31, 2014

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell wants to put strict conditions on transporting migrant children into the country's interior.

The Kentucky Republican filed an amendment Thursday to the Senate's border legislation. The amendment would require the Obama administration to consult with a state's governor before unaccompanied immigrant children are temporarily relocated to that state.

The amendment would block such relocations unless the federal health and human services secretary certifies the children would not pose a public health threat or economic burden.

The relocations also could not delay the children's return to their home countries.

Immigration has been an issue in Kentucky's hard-hitting Senate race pitting McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes.

Grimes' campaign manager, Jonathan Hurst, called the amendment a gimmick and says McConnell should support comprehensive immigration legislation.

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