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It has been the influx of unaccompanied children - 57,000 of them over the last nine months - that has highlighted this crisis. (Source: CNN) It has been the influx of unaccompanied children - 57,000 of them over the last nine months - that has highlighted this crisis. (Source: CNN)

(CNN) - The process of repatriation is set to start for hundreds of people at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in New Mexico.

The families there are being sent home as the Obama administration tries to send a message.

"At the end of the day, our border is not open to illegal migration," said Jeh Johnson, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

It has been the influx of unaccompanied children - 57,000 of them over the last nine months - that has highlighted this crisis.

"As soon as they see their money is not effective in getting their kids to this country, it will stop and not before," Sen. John McCain, R – AZ, said.

Both Democrats and Republicans have acknowledged it as a humanitarian crisis: the conditions these kids are fleeing include, "organized crime, despicable gangs, vile human traffickers," Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D – MD, said. There are also dangers in the long trek to the United States.

The president's request for $3.7 billion in emergency funds to deal with the influx has stalled in the Republican-led house.

"House Republicans won't even call the bill. They won't even take a vote on a bill," President Barack Obama said.

Some Republicans have called for a change to a 2008 immigration law, which they say will slow the flow of unaccompanied minors migrating to the United States.

"The president wants $3.7 billion,” McCain said. “If this keeps up, he'll ask for another $3.7 billion next year. It's got to come to a halt."

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