U.S. President Barack Obama hosts presidents from three Central American countries to find a solution to increased migration by unaccompanied minors into the U.S. Nathan Frandino reports.
Officials guarding the border in Texas are busier than ever. They're patrolling the state's southern tip, known as the Rio Grande Valley. It's one of many locations where tens of thousands of unaccompanied children have been trying to enter the U.S. in recent months. It's this wave of illegal migration that brought the presidents of several Central American countries to the White House on Friday. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SAYING: "We have to deter a continuing influx of children putting themselves at great risk and families who are putting their children at great risk." Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador are the main countries of origin for this recent wave of border crossers. Honduras partially blames the U.S. Congress for failing to reach a deal on immigration. U.S. officials blame human smugglers for telling parents the children will be given safe haven. Despite their dfferences, these leaders hope to solve the crisis with a united front. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SAYING: "We all recognize that we have to do more to address the root causes of the problem and that includes poverty and violence in Central America." So far, reform critics have blasted plans to hold children in the U.S. while rights groups condemn proposals to deport the children as soon as possible.