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Obama Calls for Central American Leaders to Help Combat Border Crisis

Image: Otto Perez Molina, Salvador Sanchez Ceren, Juan Hernandez, Barack Obama
El Salvador's President Salvador Sanchez Ceren, left, Guatemala's President Otto Perez Molina, U.S. President Barack Obama, and Honduran President Juan Hernandez stand up at the end of their meeting to discuss Central American immigration and the border crisis in the Cabinet Room of the White House Friday, July 25, 2014, in Washington. AP

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President Barack Obama on Friday met with presidents of Central American countries to urge cooperation in combating the influx of minors illegally entering the U.S. through the southern border.

“All of us recognize we have a shared responsibility to address this problem,” Obama told reporters after a meeting with leaders of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

The president thanked the Central American leaders for taking quick action and said the number of unaccompanied minors crossing the border has been cut in half since June.

Obama also called on Congress to approve his stalled request for funding to deal with the crisis.

"It is my hope that Speaker Boehner and House Republicans will not leave town for the month of August for their vacations without doing something to help solve this problem," he said.

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