US to speed deportations, Guatemala told

US to speed deportations, Guatemala told

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U.S. and Guatemalan officials meet on Wednesday to discuss the flow of children into America. (Source: FOX) U.S. and Guatemalan officials meet on Wednesday to discuss the flow of children into America. (Source: FOX)

GUATEMALA CITY, GUATEMALA (FOX) - The U.S. is cracking down on illegal immigrants crossing the border and is planning to speed up the deportation process for millions of illegal men, women and children in the U.S.

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is telling government officials from Mexico and Guatemala children will not be exempt from the law.

The Department of Homeland Security says more than 50,000 unaccompanied kids from three countries have been caught trying to sneak over the border since October.

Thousands more have been caught with their parents or other adults.

In an effort to stop the increase of illegal crossings, the U.S. will be speeding up deportation hearings.

And President Barack Obama has already asked Congress for $3.7 billion in emergency spending to get more resources to the border in hopes to help with what the White House is calling a humanitarian crisis.

"We believe in the U.S. that it is important that we add additional resources to more efficient repatriations back to Central America that occur quicker, more efficiently and we're building resources to accomplish that. That includes the children, but we are pledged to do so consistent with our laws and in a humanitarian fashion," Johnson said.

The Obama administration is blaming widespread poverty and gang-related violence as a reason behind the rise in illegal immigration.

Johnson led the American delegation that met with a Guatemalan group headed by Interior Minister Mauricio Lopez Bonilla.

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