DALLAS - Plenty of politicians have posed for photo ops on the Texas border, but few have actually ventured into Central America, where so many of the 58,000 unaccompanied migrant children here are coming from.

U.S. Rep. Kay Granger, R-Flower Mound, quietly led a bi-partisan trip to Guatemala and Honduras last weekend.

It was an assignment by U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, requesting her to help brainstorm solutions to solve the humanitarian crisis.

'How do we work with the countries to help get the children back? Do they want them back and they say, adamantly, they want their children back?' Rep. Granger said in a taping of WFAA's Inside Texas Politics to air Sunday at 9 a.m.

Granger also revealed what the kids cost this country - $250 to $500 daily, per child.

On the low end, just for the 2,000 children coming to Dallas County, that's $500,000 a day and it's $60 million for the four-month contract. Feds will pay for it though a contractor that has not yet been selected.

But Granger said children should immediately return if they still have one parent in their home country, rather than lingering in our judicial system.

'I say we accelerate this process by putting in extra judges, by doing everything we can to speed that up,' she said. 'Same process, but not taking five years.'

But questions remain.

Should the U.S. hire attorneys to represent the children?

After making that visit to Central America, Granger acknowledged some kids could still be eligible for asylum.

Congress will vote on some solution, she predicted, before the August break.


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