Obama to discuss immigration crisis with Central American leaders
July 18th, 2014
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Obama to discuss immigration crisis with Central American leaders

Washington, (CNN) – The White House announced Friday that leaders from three Central American countries will meet with President Obama next week to discuss the ongoing immigration crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Obama will hold talks with President Otto Perez Molina of Guatemala, President Juan Orlando Hernandez of Honduras, and President Salvador Sanchez Ceren of El Salvador on July 25.

“The four leaders and Vice President Biden will discuss how to reinforce our ongoing collaboration to stem the flow of undocumented migrants from Central America to Mexico and the United States,” read a statement from the White House.

The witch's brew: Desperation, hope and children on the border

“This will include discussion of how the United States and Central American governments are cooperating to promote safe, legal, and orderly migration between our countries in a spirit of shared responsibility, including with respect to the return of family units, which began this week for all three countries,” the statement continued.

Close to 60,000 mostly unaccompanied children from Central America have crossed the U.S. border since the beginning of the year, and the administration has been grappling with how to deal with the influx.

Obama has faced criticism from Republicans in Congress – who say he should enforce U.S. immigration laws, and ship the children home to stem the flow - and immigration activists, who have dubbed him the "deporter in chief" for authorizing flights for some children back to their home countries.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Monday some of the unaccompanied minors who have arrived in the United States from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala this year may ultimately be allowed to stay in the country, if they can qualify for asylum.

Migrants from Central America and other non-contiguous nations are granted special legal protections that allow them to plead their case to an immigration court, under a 2008 law designed to prevent human trafficking.

"If an immigration judge determines that they face a credible threat of death upon their return to their home country, then again, I'm not an immigration judge, but it is likely that the immigration judge will find that that person should be granted humanitarian relief," Earnest said.

CNN Senior White House Correspondent Jim Acosta contributed to this report.

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soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. Wade

    Good God lets pray he does not invite more children here like he did the last time.

    July 19, 2014 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  2. tammyk tammy

    One item that needs to be put on the table is Birth Control. All future aid to these countries needs to be linked to family planning initiatives. Tell the catholic church to either care for these kids or shut up. The situation is bad now, but will only grow worse as the overpopulating continues.

    July 19, 2014 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  3. Sara

    I'm pretty certain we all are well aware this President is only enforcing the laws that suit the Liberal Democrat agenda – as though he's only the President for the HALF of America that he likes, and the rest of us can go pound sand.

    It's utterly amazing how partisan and divisive this President really is – so much for the "hoppie/changgie" thing.....and don't get me started on his promise to be "transparent" – sure. right. uh-huh. what ever.

    July 19, 2014 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  4. Gavin

    It's is the tolerance of lawlessness that has created the suffering of these people, this the real issue. More lawlessness is not going to solve the problem. The people of these countries need to hold the criminals that are creating the pain accountable.

    July 19, 2014 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  5. Liz the First

    While Rubio and Bush are 'laying low,' our president is trying to do something about this crisis. Who is working and who is hiding? says a lot about Dems and repugs. Dems work to try to solve problems and repugs run and hide and criticize from their hidey holes. when will people stop voting for these cowards?

    July 19, 2014 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  6. dom

    Solution…..Accept them all and use them to create an army of border guards. Also you should skim the cream of the crop and use them in your C.I.A south of the border .

    July 19, 2014 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  7. NotAFOOL

    Sit down and shut up Obama. YOu are glory hound seeking the minds of the weak to bow before you in adoration. He probably has a silhouette statue circulated around those central American countries and leading them to believe that the statue will bring them to America. Ah, yes, Obama the statue of immigration. He's a flippin American destructive force of evil in my opinion

    July 19, 2014 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  8. Spgfld Tom

    Excuse me, but didn't President Permisso send Zany Uncle Joe Biden down to Central America with $250 million dollars to bribe the governments of El Salvadore, Honduras and Guatemala to stop the invasion of the U.S.? What happen to that money, Barack?

    July 19, 2014 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  9. Chipster

    charleshurstauthor: what did these children do other than flee from almost certain death in their countries? And you're comparing them to bank robbers? How about comparing them to Joseph and Mary seeking a place to stay that is safe and warm for their expectant child? No room in the Inn? Really? Don't speak to me of morality if you would turn these children away to face almost certain death? I pray for the soul of our country. It is truly wandering in the barren desert.

    July 19, 2014 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  10. bob

    send them back, we cant even take care of the Americans we have here already, why should we waist 4 billion on these criminals.

    July 20, 2014 06:28 am at 6:28 am |
  11. Dar

    I am not to worried about the children coming across the border because we will take care of them as time passes.
    What I do worry about is who else is coming across the boarder. The ones who don't show up on the radar screen and are here to hurt American family's.
    You know...........the ones who like to blow up stuff..........who's looking for them while all this is going on??

    July 20, 2014 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
  12. Cory111

    -and the rest of us can go pound sand-
    If you can't find the sand Sara I'll email you the directions.

    July 20, 2014 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  13. Jeff

    Obama is the biggest terrorist against the United States...

    July 20, 2014 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  14. Ellen in Fl

    I Agree with Bill! why are we continuing to give foreign aid to these countries when we need that money for the care and cost of the deportment of the influx of illegals Think for yourself Barack, and wtop listening to your so–<alled advisors. You cannot run again so leave us with the money pipeline to these countries totally shut down until they get the idea. I feel for all of them, but I still think charity begins at home. and we have millions here that live in poverty. Perhaps if we stop importing from them we might gemericaaking it so easy for companies to take the factories elwwhere. to do . Penalize them enough that it doesnjJ make it profitable enough to do so. Also I hope and pray that the American people have the good sense to get rid of the dead wood in the HOUSE and forget the party division Vote for people who have the best interest of the american people and skip the ones with a politica agenda. Get rid of the GOOD OLD BOY'S CLUB . For the good of the country !!!!!

    July 20, 2014 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  15. Tommy G

    Obama, Democrats and their propaganda wing, the main street media, are perpetrating ANOTHER massive lie and fraud on this country. They claim this is happening because we haven't had immigration reform and it hasn't been from anything they have done. Obama and the Democrats declare OVER and OVER, the southern border is SECURE.

    Let's review the FACTS and REALITY.

    2008 – Law signed with overwhelming support from both parties to protect child SEX TRADE VICTIMS from Central America.
    2008 – NO illegal invasion of kids
    2009 – NO illegal invasion of kids
    2010 – NO illegal invasion of kids
    2011 – NO illegal invasion of kids
    2012 – Obama unilaterally announces amnesty for millions of young illegals in this country.
    2012 – Thousands of young illegals start coming across the southern border
    2013 – Tens of thousands of young illegals start coming across the southern border
    2014 – Hundreds of thousands of young illegals start coming across the southern border
    2015 – Predictions of 160,000 illegal immigrant minors coming across our "secured border".

    If this 2008 law or immigration reform was causing this it would have happened between 2008 and 2012, but it did NOT. This illegal invasion is a DIRECT RESULT OF OBAMA'S UNILATERAL AND ILLEGAL AMNESTY EXECUTIVE ORDER IN 2012.

    Wake up America!! Obama and the Democrat's are destroying your country and you are being LIED to by their propaganda wing, the main street media. This is a crisis that was caused INTENTIONALLY.

    July 20, 2014 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  16. frznagn

    Don't you just love it when the non-religious people use religion for their gain? If we don't accept them into our homes then we aren't very Christian? Well, how many have you accepted into your homes? If accepting them is a good value to have, then why don't you have the same value? Why aren't you berating Mexico and the other countries for not taking them into safety and from "certain death"? Is our country the only one that values life in this hemisphere? These children don't share the same culture and language as we do. It'd make more sense for them to go to a country that does. Or is it that they just want all the money we hand out? It doesn't look like they're just fleeing danger when they can just stay in Mexico and be safe there.

    July 20, 2014 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  17. Maiden USA

    Probably should have been doing this years ago eh? He's a little slow on the uptake...

    July 20, 2014 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
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