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Obama to meet Central American leaders on child migrants

Published on Jul 25, 2014 1:43 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - President Barack Obama will meet three Central American leaders on Friday to discuss the surge of children crossing the southern US border without parents or papers, in flight from violence and poverty.

The White House summit will mark the first time since the influx erupted into public view two months ago that Obama has met with leaders of the countries where most of the minors are from.

Presidents Otto Perez of Guatemala, Salvador Sanchez Ceren of El Salvador and Juan Orlando Hernandez of Honduras are expected to come with a joint proposal for dealing with the crisis, officials said.

"This problem has been building for a year now, but we have never seen it escalate to the magnitude that it has reached at present," Mr Hernandez said after meeting senior US lawmaker Nancy Pelosi.

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