WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama invited Central American leaders to the White House Friday to discuss the thousands of young immigrants from their countries who are crossing the border illegally into the United States.

The meeting came as White House officials say the administration is considering creating a pilot program to give refugee status to young people from Honduras, part of one of the most violent regions in the world.

Central American leaders met yesterday with lawmakers who are considering Obama's requests for emergency funds and additional authority to send unaccompanied children back home more quickly.

Those lawmakers appear unlikely to resolve their differences before leaving Washington late next week for an annual recess.

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