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WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is holding off - for now - on seeking new legal authority to send unaccompanied migrant kids back home faster from the Southern border.

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That comes amid criticism that the administration's planned changes are too harsh.

Instead, when Obama formally asks Congress for more than $2 billion in emergency spending Tuesday to deal with the border crisis, it won't come with specific legislative changes the White House has indicated it plans to seek. That's according to two congressional aides.

White House officials said they still intend to pursue additional authorities to speed the return of the children who've been arriving by the thousands - mostly from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala.

But for now the White House request will focus on additional money for immigration judges, detention facilities, legal aid and other items that could address the situation on the border the administration has termed a humanitarian crisis.

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The controversy looks set to dog Obama this week as he travels to Austin, Texas, primarily to raise money for Democratic congressional candidates.

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