Central American leaders seek solution to child migrant crisis in U.S.

BY Associated Press  July 24, 2014 at 12:50 PM EST

US House of Representatives Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) delivers brief remarks and introduces Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez (L) and Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina (R) as the three speak on the topic of the ongoing influx of unaccompanied Central American children into the US across the Mexican border. Photo by Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images

US House of Representatives Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) delivers brief remarks and introduces Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez (L) and Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina (R) as the three speak on the topic of the ongoing influx of unaccompanied Central American children into the US across the Mexican border. Photo by Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images

WASHINGTON — The presidents of Honduras and Guatemala are meeting with lawmakers on Capitol Hill amid a stalemate over the immigration crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Before meeting privately with House Democrats, President Otto Pérez Molina of Guatemala expressed hope of finding a solution to benefit all the countries involved.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi is urging Congress to pass an emergency spending bill to address the crisis involving tens of thousands of unaccompanied children from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.

But a solution looks unlikely with Democrats and Republicans divided over proposals to send them home more quickly. Republicans say they won’t agree to any money without policy changes that Democrats say would violate the kids’ due process.