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Migrants: Obama urges Latin leaders, GOP to help

 
Posted July 25th, 2014 @ 2:36pm

Pressing for action on Friday, President Barack Obama urged Central American presidents and congressional Republicans at home to help ease the influx of minors and migrant families crossing the southwest border of the U.S.

While citing progress in addressing the flow, he called on House Republicans to act on his request for emergency spending. With one week left before Congress' August recess, Republicans were trying to unite behind a plan that would spend about one-fourth of what Obama requested.

"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. "We need action and less talk"

Obama and Vice President Joe Biden met at the White House with the presidents of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

Obama said the U.S. and the other presidents' countries all have to deter the flow of children across the border because the young people are putting themselves and their families at risk.

But he also thanked the presidents for their efforts so far.

"Initial reports show that our joint efforts appear to be paying off," Obama said.

Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina said Obama asked for two approaches — that the region work with the U.S. to resolve the immediate crisis and also that it develop a medium- and long-term plan to prevent such a flight of migrants in the future.

Read more at the Associated Press

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