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 By Leland Vittert FOX News

WASHINGTON-- Republicans and Democrats still can't agree on the steps that should be taken to secure the Southern border.

It seems the only thing the two parties agree on is that there is a problem, however, what needs to be done, much less how to do it or pay for it is a continuing battle.

There's been discussion of President Obama handling things with an executive order or at least drastically changing policy unilaterally.

When it comes to immigration, Republicans in Congress don't like the idea in the least.

Even in Congress there are competing bills about how to fund the various solutions.

The President has asked for nearly Four-billion dollars and Democrats are willing to give him most of that.

House Republicans however, say they can solve the problem of thousands of illegal minors flooding across the border at a fraction of the cost.

"This all has to start with securing the border, not writing the president a blank check to keep doing what he's doing that's not working but actually solve the problem," said Republican Representative Steve Scalise of Louisiana.

But The other side of the aisle doesn't agree.
"The American public wants us to have an orderly border.  Right now they're not seeing -- they're seeing chaos at the border, number one Number two, keep in mind that President Obama on June 30 sent a letter asking for money and a policy change," said Texas Democrat Henry Cuellar.

While the debate in Washington makes good fodder for television shows, there has been little progress towards a deal, much less the grand bargain on immigration reform President Obama wants.

The House of Representatives recesses for summer vacation on August 1 giving them a short window for actual progress.

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