To Ease Border Crunch, US May Screen Kids in Honduras
Proposal aimed at cutting down on number of youths crossing across Mexico to US
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 24, 2014 5:49 PM CDT
A group of immigrants from Honduras and El Salvador who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally are stopped June 25 in Granjeno, Texas.   (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

(Newser) – The White House is floating a sure-to-be-controversial plan to ease the flood of young immigrants trying to get into the US illegally: It would screen the kids in Honduras to determine whether they're eligible to head to the US on refugee or humanitarian grounds, reports the New York Times. That way, the youths would avoid the dangerous trip across Mexico to the US border, and border communities wouldn't have to deal with them. If the proposal is adopted and it works, similar programs would be set up in Guatemala and El Salvador.

The US has conducted such "in-country screening programs" previously in Vietnam and Haiti, reports AP, but the Times notes that this would be the first time for a country whose residents can get to the US by land. Critics say it would increase the number of people trying to get to America by making the process easier, while advocates say those who qualify as refugees could be sent to other countries as well. The White House says it's only a proposal at this point. It would cost an estimated $47 million over two years.

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Jul 26, 2014 9:32 AM CDT
A plan like this will never solve the problem of refugees and others fleeing to a neighboring country in times of war or famine. But it is a decent attempt to try keeping some children from making that long dangerous trip, and it doesn't cost that much more than having the same hearings here in the United States. I for one find no fault with it.
Jul 25, 2014 7:58 PM CDT
For those wondering what Obama and his cronies are up to:
Kansas Chick
Jul 25, 2014 3:40 PM CDT
Do you people realize how difficult it is to come to US legally from Honduras? After they try and try the legal way and thousands of dollars later then they try the illegal way and thousands of dollars more. The lucky ones make it to US without captured in Mexico and then deported back, being killed, raped, or beaten and held until more money is delivered. You all that have not seen it first hand do not know. America is the land of Free and yes they want to be here. You speak of them living on welfare but that is NOT the case. Now do your research before you start pointing fingers.