The Obama administration is considering giving refugee status to young people from Honduras as part of a plan to slow the influx of unaccompanied minors arriving at the U.S. border.
Senior White House officials caution that no final decision on the matter has been made and say the proposal is among a range of ideas the White House is considering.
The United Nations has been pushing the U.S. to treat children arriving at the southern border as refugees displaced by armed conflict. Honduras is a primary transit point for U.S.-bound cocaine, and it has the world's highest homicide rate for a nation not at war.
The officials briefed reporters ahead of President Barack Obama's meeting Friday with Central American leaders on the condition they not be identified by name.