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WASHINGTON, DC (CNN) – President Barack Obama met with Central American leaders to discuss the surge of migrant youth at the U.S.’s southern border.

He spoke with the presidents of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras about a pilot program that would allow the United States to determine whether someone is eligible for asylum while that person is in their home country.

“What's more important is for us to be able to find the kinds of solutions both short term and long term that prevents smugglers from making money on families that feel desperate, ensure that we are creating greater security for families in Central America, and we are helping to grow opportunity long term in Central American, creating the kind of legal immigration system that makes this underground migration system less necessary,” Obama said.

The goal is to reduce the number of immigrants trying to enter the U.S. illegally.

“With respect to the U.S. meeting some of its responsibilities, I briefed my fellow presidents on the supplemental requests that is working its way through Congress and I just want to mention that 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,” Obama said.

President Obama also encouraged the Central American leaders to do more to disrupt human smuggling networks in their countries.

“In addition of being a nation of immigrants, we are also a nation of laws and if you have a disorderly and dangerous order of migration that not only puts the children themselves at risk, but it also calls to question the legal immigrant immigration process of those who are properly applying and trying to enter our country,” Obama said.

In return, those leaders are seeking U.S. financial assistance.

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