White House Reports Drop in Minors Crossing Border

Two young girls watch a World Cup soccer match on a television from their holding area where hundreds of mostly Central American immigrant children are being processed and held at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Nogales Placement Center on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, in Nogales, Ariz. CPB provided media tours Wednesday of two locations in Brownsville, Texas, and Nogales, that have been central to processing the more than 47,000 unaccompanied children who have entered the country illegally since Oct. 1. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, Pool)
FILE - In this May 30, 2014, file photo, President Barack Obama speaks in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington following his meeting with Veterans Affairs Secretary Shinseki. Obama on Monday, June 2, 2014, described a surge in unaccompanied immigrant children caught trying to cross the Mexican border as an "urgent humanitarian situation," as the White House asked Congress for an extra $1.4 billion in federal money to cope. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
In this May 30, 2014, file photo, President Barack Obama speaks in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington following his meeting with Veterans Affairs Secretary Shinseki. Obama on Monday, June 2, 2014, described a surge in unaccompanied immigrant children caught trying to cross the Mexican border as an “urgent humanitarian situation,” as the White House asked Congress for an extra $1.4 billion in federal money to cope. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says the number of unaccompanied minors crossing the border is dropping significantly.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest says about 150 children daily — on average — were apprehended along the Rio Grande border in the first two weeks of July. He says that’s down from an average of 355 per day in June.

President Barack Obama discussed the decline Monday afternoon with his homeland security team, including leaders from FEMA and the Pentagon. The White House says Obama’s team committed to work aggressively to keep deterring illegal migration.

Obama plans to meet Friday with the presidents of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, three countries that are home to many of the children. The U.S. has been urging their governments to help stem the exodus of children.

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