According to Fox News Latino, just about 1,200 of the 57,000 unaccompanied minors who've arrived at the border since October returned home as of the end of June. While a 2008 law allows these children an automatic asylum hearing, many politicians on both sides of the aisle hope to reform the process.
A piece of legislation proposed by Texas lawmakers Republican Sen. John Cornyn and Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar sugests that Border Patrol agents turn children away more quickly at the border -- without an asylum hearing.
Democrats on Capitol Hill have raised warning that such a measure could result in harm and death for many of the undocumented children. While the White House expressed interest in changing the law, they offered few specifics on what changes they would support, The Hill reports.
"We have said from the beginning that we are going to respect the basic due process to which these individuals are entitled," Earnest said. "That continues to be true, and that is part and parcel of the law that we're enforcing."