|Erika Villanueva |||Jul 25, 2014 04:22 AM EDT|
(Photo : REUTERS/Luke Sharrett ) U.S. President Barack Obama makes a statement about the Supreme Court's decision on his Administration's health care law in the East Room of the White House in Washington, June 28, 2012.
Young people from Honduras who seek refuge in the United States may be able to safely cross the country's border soon as the Obama administration considers reforms on the migration process to lessen the surge of illegal immigrants.
Administration officials announced on Thursday a migration proposal in which the country will allow child migrants under 21-years-old from inside the Honduras to cross the border to avoid the dangerous journey from their country.
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The Obama administration is hopeful that those who were not approved will not attempt to cross over.
Currently, U.S. officials are delibrating on the application standards for entry. They are contemplating on requiring potential refugees to prove that "extraordinary circumstances" exist before they are allowed entry into the U.S.
Many of the illegal migrant children coming from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras are believed to be escaping the violence from their home coutnries. As of recent count, there are 70,000 street gangs operating in the Central American countries.
Meanwhile, opponents of the plan stated that such proposal, which implies changing the legal definition of a refugee, would only increase the influx of migrants into the U.S.
However, administration officials clarified that the proposed change in the migration process can be enacted even without congressional approval as long as it does not escalate the number of refugees that cross the border.
The U.S. government clarified that the plan to change the migration process is just one of many ideas being considered to solve, but no decision has been made yet.
On Friday, the White House scheduled a summit in which President Barack Obama will convene with leaders from Central America for the first time since October to discuss the flood of immigrants from the three countries.
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