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Obama seeks border fix with Central American heads of state

Posted by on Jul. 25, 2014 at 8:46 PM
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Obama seeks border fix with Central American heads of state

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President Obama said Friday that migrant children who cross the border and do not have “proper claims” will be sent back to their home countries. 

Obama made the remarks during a meeting at the White House with the leaders of three Central American countries that are home to many of the young immigrants who have been flooding across the border.

The White House is trying to work with the governments of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador to reduce the number of immigrants seeking to enter the United States.

“I emphasized that the American people and my administration have great compassion for these children,” Obama told reporters gathered in the Cabinet Room at the end of the meeting, according to a White House pool report. “But I also emphasized to my friends that we have to deter a continuing influx of children putting themselves at risk.”

Obama met with Presidents Otto Pérez Molina of Guatemala, Juan Orlando Hernández of Honduras and Salvador Sánchez Cerén of El Salvador.

Obama said the leaders came to a consensus on the need to address poverty and violence in the Central American countries that the leaders say are leading many child immigrants to come to the United States.

Republicans in Congress have also blamed administration policies for suggesting to young immigrants that they will be able to stay in the United States if they cross the border.

Votes could come as early as next week in both the House and Senate on funding for border agencies to handle the influx, though leaders have indicated it will be less than the $3.7 billion requested by Obama.

A House bill could also include changes to U.S. laws that would allow the government to repatriate Central American immigrants more quickly. Most Democrats oppose such changes, but the administration had called for flexibility.

The president's comments come as reports surfaced early Friday that the Obama administration is considering a plan to grant refugee status for children in Honduras, in order to help stem the flood of youths crossing into the U.S. illegally. 

More than 57,000 children have crossed the border since October from countries including Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. 

Obama didn't take questions during a brief interaction with reporters and the other leaders didn't speak to reporters. But Obama called news reports from earlier in the day about the Honduras plan "a little over-cranked."

"As I explained to my fellow presidents, under U.S. law, we admit a certain number of refugees from all around the world based on some fairly narrow criteria," he said. "Typically refugee status is not granted just on economic need or because a family lives in a bad neighborhood or poverty. It’s typically defined fairly narrowly.”

Obama said there may be "some narrow circumstances in which there is humanitarian or refugee status that a family might be eligible for.

"If that were the case it would be better for them to apply in-country rather than take a very dangerous journey up to Texas to make those same claims," Obama said. "But I think it’s important to recognize that that would not necessarily accommodate a large number of additional migrants.”

But Obama stressed that he wanted to find a way that would "prevent smugglers from making money on families that feel desperate."



Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/213387-obama-seeks-border-solution-with-central-american-heads-of-state#ixzz38WxkLDpC 
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supermonstermom
by on Jul. 25, 2014 at 8:48 PM

I sincerly hope that we find a way to help these kids and their families without them having to make the trip to the states with human traffickers. 

FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Jul. 25, 2014 at 8:54 PM

Why would he think the Govts of those other countries are going to do anything?


meriana
by Platinum Member on Jul. 25, 2014 at 9:04 PM


Quoting FromAtoZ:

Why would he think the Govts of those other countries are going to do anything?


Oh those Govts will do something all right. They'll do just what they've done in the past. Claim they need help in the form of funds to combat gangs, drugs, violence, poverty, etc. in their countries and 10 years plus millions of dollars later, their people will be no better off than they are now.

Listing kids from Honduras as refugees won't help stem the tide, it will only cause more to attempt to get here if they believe they'll be considered refugees and be allowed to stay.

FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Jul. 25, 2014 at 9:26 PM


Quoting meriana:


Quoting FromAtoZ:

Why would he think the Govts of those other countries are going to do anything?


Oh those Govts will do something all right. They'll do just what they've done in the past. Claim they need help in the form of funds to combat gangs, drugs, violence, poverty, etc. in their countries and 10 years plus millions of dollars later, their people will be no better off than they are now.

Listing kids from Honduras as refugees won't help stem the tide, it will only cause more to attempt to get here if they believe they'll be considered refugees and be allowed to stay.

I absolutely agree with you.

supermonstermom
by on Jul. 25, 2014 at 9:30 PM


Quoting meriana:


Quoting FromAtoZ:

Why would he think the Govts of those other countries are going to do anything?


Oh those Govts will do something all right. They'll do just what they've done in the past. Claim they need help in the form of funds to combat gangs, drugs, violence, poverty, etc. in their countries and 10 years plus millions of dollars later, their people will be no better off than they are now.

Listing kids from Honduras as refugees won't help stem the tide, it will only cause more to attempt to get here if they believe they'll be considered refugees and be allowed to stay.

I am not so sure our government should give money to their government.  It would be nice to see groups go down and build homes, schools, help them start businesses so the money doesn't go to the bad guys.  I know that's most likely not going to happen, but I never hurts to be positive.

meriana
by Platinum Member on Jul. 25, 2014 at 10:01 PM


Quoting supermonstermom:

Quoting meriana:


Quoting FromAtoZ:

Why would he think the Govts of those other countries are going to do anything?


Oh those Govts will do something all right. They'll do just what they've done in the past. Claim they need help in the form of funds to combat gangs, drugs, violence, poverty, etc. in their countries and 10 years plus millions of dollars later, their people will be no better off than they are now.

Listing kids from Honduras as refugees won't help stem the tide, it will only cause more to attempt to get here if they believe they'll be considered refugees and be allowed to stay.

I am not so sure our government should give money to their government.  It would be nice to see groups go down and build homes, schools, help them start businesses so the money doesn't go to the bad guys.  I know that's most likely not going to happen, but I never hurts to be positive.

That has also been going on for years. Groups have and do go to those countries to help build schools, businesses and provide relief in the form of food, clothing, medical care. It makes a difference but it can't accomplish all that is needed when their own governments don't stand up and do their part

http://www.gooverseas.com/volunteer-abroad/guatemala
http://thehondurasproject.org/Honduras_Project/The_Work.html

That's just two articles, there are others

supermonstermom
by on Jul. 25, 2014 at 10:18 PM


Quoting meriana:


Quoting supermonstermom:

Quoting meriana:


Quoting FromAtoZ:

Why would he think the Govts of those other countries are going to do anything?


Oh those Govts will do something all right. They'll do just what they've done in the past. Claim they need help in the form of funds to combat gangs, drugs, violence, poverty, etc. in their countries and 10 years plus millions of dollars later, their people will be no better off than they are now.

Listing kids from Honduras as refugees won't help stem the tide, it will only cause more to attempt to get here if they believe they'll be considered refugees and be allowed to stay.

I am not so sure our government should give money to their government.  It would be nice to see groups go down and build homes, schools, help them start businesses so the money doesn't go to the bad guys.  I know that's most likely not going to happen, but I never hurts to be positive.

That has also been going on for years. Groups have and do go to those countries to help build schools, businesses and provide relief in the form of food, clothing, medical care. It makes a difference but it can't accomplish all that is needed when their own governments don't stand up and do their part

http://www.gooverseas.com/volunteer-abroad/guatemalahttp://thehondurasproject.org/Honduras_Project/The_Work.html

That's just two articles, there are others

Those are pretty cool.  I never thought about volunteering  during my "gap" year.  

OHgirlinCA
by on Jul. 25, 2014 at 10:27 PM

I fear this was an empty meeting and a waste of time as I do not see the other countries' Presidents as eager to fix what ails their countries. 

sj2014
by Silver Member on Jul. 25, 2014 at 10:55 PM
When are we going to go pick up the kids in Gaza?

You know, the ones who aren't even safe in UN shelters and hospitals?
JoshRachelsMAMA
by JRM on Jul. 25, 2014 at 11:00 PM

What exactly did this meeting accomplish? Oh yeah,

nothing.

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