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U.S., Central American countries vow cooperation to address border issue

English.news.cn   2014-07-26 07:38:54

WASHINGTON, July 25 (Xinhua) -- Presidents of the United States and three Central American countries met on Friday to discuss their collaboration to address an influx of minors and families crossing the U.S. border with Mexico.

Obama and Vice President Joe Biden met with President Otto Perez Molina of Guatemala, Salvador Sanchez Ceren of El Salvador and Juan Orlando Hernandez of Honduras at the White House.

"We reiterated our commitment to prevent families and children from undertaking this dangerous journey and to work together to promote safe, legal, and orderly migration," said a joint statement issued after the meeting.

The leaders pledged to continue to pursue criminal and smuggling networks and agreed to redouble their joint efforts to counter misinformation about U.S. immigration policy, according to the statement.

The Central American presidents indicated to Obama that they are working on a comprehensive plan to address the underlying causes of the humanitarian situation on the border, it said.

The meeting comes as the Obama administration continues to press Congress for more resources to confront the flood of migrants, especially children. More than 57,000 unaccompanied children and thousands more adults with children have crossed the border since October.

"It is my hope that Speaker Boehner and House Republicans will not leave town for the month of August for their vacations without doing something to help solve this problem," Obama said on Friday. "We need action and less talk."

Obama had earlier asked for 3.7 billion dollars in emergency funding from Congress to deal with the crisis. But the proposal quickly met with skepticism from Republicans, who want to rewrite the law so as to move quickly to deport the immigrant minors.

Editor: yanting
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