Central American officials to press Biden on migrant rights




 
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Central American officials to press Biden on migrant rights
 
June 20th, 2014  
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Central American officials to press Biden on migrant rights
By Mike McDonald GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden travels to Guatemala on Friday to discuss the rising tide of unaccompanied Central American minors crossing the U.S. border, but he is likely to face pressure from local leaders to improve migrant rights in the United States. Biden will meet the presidents of Guatemala and El Salvador as well as top officials from Honduras and Mexico's Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong as the region seeks to solve a problem that has hit the U.S. border regions hard this year. Responding to what President Barack Obama has called an urgent humanitarian crisis, the U.S. Congress on Tuesday advanced legislation boosting funds by as much as $2.28 billion to handle a surge of foreign children entering the United States illegally. U.S. data show that between October and May more than 47,000 unaccompanied minors, mostly from Central America, have crossed into the U.S., nearly double the number in the previous year.




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