US weighs refugee status for youth from Honduras

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Updated: 7/24/2014 2:14 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is considering giving refugee status to young people from Honduras as part of a plan to slow the influx of unaccompanied minors arriving at the U.S. border.

Senior White House officials caution that no final decision on the matter has been made and say the proposal is among a range of ideas the White House is considering.

The United Nations has been pushing the U.S. to treat children arriving at the southern border as refugees displaced by armed conflict. Honduras is a primary transit point for U.S.-bound cocaine, and it has the world's highest homicide rate for a nation not at war.

The officials briefed reporters ahead of President Barack Obama's meeting Friday with Central American leaders on the condition they not be identified by name.

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Griffin - 7/24/2014 3:23 PM
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Oh Good Lord! Whether you are for or against allowing illegal aliens be they children, teens, or adults to stay in America, Calling them Refugees instead of illegal immigrants/aliens will not Slow the Influx of them at all, it will only encourage a larger influx of adults since they are now listed as refugees. And changing their status from Illegal alien/illegal immigrant to refugee is not going to change the fact they did not enter through proper channels.

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