Obama Meets with Three Presidents from Central America; Cites Shared Responsibility for Immigrant Children

At the White House on Friday, President Obama met with El Salvador's President Salvador Sanchez Ceren (from left), Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina and Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez to discuss the border crisis. (AP)
At the White House on Friday, President Obama met with El Salvador’s President Salvador Sanchez Ceren (from left), Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina and Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez to discuss the border crisis. (AP)

President Obama met with the leaders of three Central American countries at the White House on Friday, telling them that they share responsibility with Washington for stemming an influx of children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.

Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez, Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina and Salvadoran President Salvador Sanchez Ceren discussed the growing humanitarian crisis with Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.

The Associated Press says Obama told the leaders he wants to stem the flow of children. He said those without a proper claim to stay will be returned to their countries, the AP says.

Reuters says:

“Obama said there may be some instances in which migrants from those countries could apply for refugee status, but those instances would be few.

“Obama said the United States shared responsibility with those countries to address the problem, including the role of drug trafficking.”

During a forum hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington on Thursday, Hernandez said he wanted to “appeal to the heart of Americans” to “see this as a humanitarian issue, an issue of neighbors.”

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SOURCE: Scott Neuman
NPR, 90.9 – WBUR

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