Central American leaders will ask U.S. President Barack Obama to support a regional development and security plan to stem the tide of illegal child migrants to the United States at a meeting next week, a Honduran minister said on Saturday.
Presidents of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras will meet with Obama on Friday to look for ways to curb a record-breaking exodus of Central American children, fleeing to the United States to escape violence and poverty.
Since October, more than 57,000 unaccompanied children have been detained at the U.S.-Mexico border, most of them from Central America, and double last year’s count.
OK, they haven’t hit us up for any money yet, but let’s just say I tend to err on the side of cynical these days. When other countries want “support” from the United States they aren’t really looking for a group hug.
Kudos to them for at least admitting there is a problem on their end. That’s more than we’ve gotten from various Mexican presidents in the last several decades.