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U.S. Agents Take Undocumented Immigrants Into Custody Near Tex-Mex Border
Immigrant Melida Patricio Castro from Honduras shows a birth certificate for her daughter Maria Celeste, 2, to a U.S. Border Patrol agent near the U.S.-Mexico border near Mission, Texas on July 24, 2014. John Moore—Getty Images

Obama Weighing Refugee Status for Honduran Child Migrants

Jul 25, 2014

The Obama administration is considering granting refugee status to young Hondurans as part of a plan stem the tide of unaccompanied Central American child migrants flooding illegally across the U.S.-Mexico border, White House officials reportedly said Thursday.

Under the plan youths would be interviewed in Honduras to determine if they qualify for refugee status in the United States, CBS News reports. Administration officials told the New York Times they believed the move could be done by executive action, and without going through Congress, if it did not increase the overall number of refugees to the U.S.

The proposal is reportedly one of a broader group of potential initiatives to address the crisis.

After Speaker John Boehner said that the GOP-controlled House would not allow a vote on comprehensive immigration reform this year, the President announced that he was prepared “to do what Congress refuses to do, and fix as much of our immigration system as we can.”

More than 16,000 unaccompanied Honduran children and 30,000 Hondurans traveling as families have been apprehended attempting to cross into the United States from Mexico illegally since October 1.

Juan Orlando Hernández, the President of Honduras, blames the crisis on a combination of factors, including lack of opportunity inside the country and drug cartels and street gangs enriched by narcotics trafficking who sow havoc through much of the country. Honduras has the highest murder rate of any country in the world.

President Obama was due to meet with Hernandez, Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina and El Salvadorean President Salvador Sanchez Ceren on Friday to discuss the high numbers of young immigrants crossing the border illegally.

Photographer Captures Birds-Eye View of Border Crisis

US Customs And Border Security Agents Patrol Texas-Mexico Border
A U.S. Office of Air and Marine helicopter patrols over the Rio Grande at the U.S.-Mexico border in McAllen, Texas on July 21, 2014.John Moore—Getty Images
US Customs And Border Security Agents Patrol Texas-Mexico Border
US Customs And Border Security Agents Patrol Texas-Mexico Border
US Customs And Border Security Agents Patrol Texas-Mexico Border
US Customs And Border Security Agents Patrol Texas-Mexico Border
US Customs And Border Security Agents Patrol Texas-Mexico Border
US Customs And Border Security Agents Patrol Texas-Mexico Border
US Customs And Border Security Agents Patrol Texas-Mexico Border
U.S. Agents Take Undocumented Immigrants Into Custody Near Texas-Mexico Border
U.S. Agents Take Undocumented Immigrants Into Custody Near Texas-Mexico Border
U.S. Agents Take Undocumented Immigrants Into Custody Near Tex-Mex Border
U.S. Agents Take Undocumented Immigrants Into Custody Near Tex-Mex Border
U.S. Agents Take Undocumented Immigrants Into Custody Near Tex-Mex Border
US Customs And Border Security Agents Patrol Texas-Mexico Border
US Customs And Border Security Agents Patrol Texas-Mexico Border
U.S. Agents Take Undocumented Immigrants Into Custody Near Texas-Mexico Border
US Customs And Border Security Agents Patrol Texas-Mexico Border
US Customs And Border Security Agents Patrol Texas-Mexico Border
A U.S. Office of Air and Marine helicopter patrols over the Rio Grande at the U.S.-Mexico border in McAllen, Texas on Ju
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