House GOP hopes to pass long-awaited immigration bills today

(Reuters) - The House of Representatives planned to vote on Friday on revised border security legislation that would makes it easier to deport Central American child migrants from the southwestern border, satisfying a key demand from conservative Republicans.

House Republican lawmakers said they will try again to pass two separate bills that failed to win enough support from the party on Thursday. One provides additional funding for border security and to care for tens of thousands of Central American children and the other bill weakens their legal refugee status and reverses much of President Barack Obama's 2-year-old policy delaying deportation efforts against children brought to the United States illegally by their parents.

The funding bill is expected to add $35 million in federal reimbursements for states that deploy National Guard troops to secure the southwestern border with Mexico, bringing the total to $694 million, lawmakers said.

The measure aimed at faster deportations contains stronger language to ensure that children from Guatemala, Honduras and other Central American countries are treated the same as Mexican children, revising a 2008 law to combat human trafficking.

It also seeks to ban new children from being admitted to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, and in a key reversal, would not allow those currently protected under the program to have their status renewed.

The changes were aimed at winning the votes of enough Republicans backed by the conservative Tea Party movement who revolted on Thursday and forced House Speaker John Boehner to cancel a vote on the legislation.

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