President Obama to meet with Central American leaders over immigration crisis

President to meet with Central American leaders over immigration crisis

Government officials say more than 200 unaccompanied immigrant children in Oklahoma have been placed with sponsors so far this year.

The federal government says from January 1 to July 7, 212 children have been placed with a sponsor.

Officials say the minors have been placed with parents, relatives or family friends.

Hundreds of teenagers are still currently being housed at Fort Sill after detention centers were overwhelmed with the number of illegal children crossing the border.

To help address this immigrant issue, President Obama is meeting with Central American leaders at the White House on Friday.

Leaders from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador will be in Washington to discuss this wave of young immigrants migrating from their country to the United States.

President of Honduras Juan Orlando Hernandez blames the immigration crisis on crime, poverty and lagging U.S. leadership.

Hernandez said, "There is a lack of clarity in the migratory policy of the U.S. The language is ambiguous. That's why the coyotes or human smugglers take advantage of the situation."

Friday's meeting comes as the administration is considering creating a pilot program that would give refugee status to young immigrants.

The program would start in Honduras, but could be expanded to include other Central American countries.

More than 57,000 minors have arrived in the U-S since October, mostly from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.
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