WASHINGTON (TheBlaze/AP) — President Barack Obama is seeking more than $2 billion in an emergency appropriation to respond to the flood of immigrants illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border — as well as new powers to deal with returning immigrant children apprehended while traveling without their parents.

FILE - This June 18, 2014, file photo shows U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents work at a processing facility in Brownsville,Texas. Thousands of immigrant children crossing alone into the U.S. can live in American cities, attend public schools and possibly work here for years without consequences, chiefly because of an overburdened, deeply flawed system of immigration courts, and a 2002 law intended to protect children's welfare, an Associated Press investigation finds. The Obama administration estimates it will catch 90,000 children trying to illegally cross the Mexican border without their parents by the end of the current budget year in September. Fewer than 2,000 children were returned to their native countries last year. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, Pool) AP Photo/Eric Gay, Pool

FILE – This June 18, 2014, file photo shows U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents work at a processing facility in Brownsville,Texas. (Image source: AP/Eric Gay, Pool)

A White House official said Saturday that Obama plans to make the requests of Congress in a letter to be sent Monday. The official says that details of the emergency appropriation will come after lawmakers return from their holiday recess on July 7.

The president will ask that the Homeland Security Department be granted the authority to apply “fast track” procedures to the screening and deportation of all immigrant children traveling without their parents.

The official was not authorized to speak by name and discussed the requests on condition of anonymity.

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