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The Obama administration weighs sending National Guard tropps to the U.S.-Mexico border

Congressional Democrats and Republicans have competing border crisis plans

The president is meeting with Central American leaders this week to discuss border crisis

The Obama administration is buoyed by slight slowing in immigrant kids at the border

Washington CNN  — 

The Obama administration, after initially resisting the idea, is weighing whether to deploy National Guard troops to the southern border to help address a surge of migrant youth from Central America, many of them unaccompanied, a White House official told CNN.

The Pentagon and the Department of Health and Human Services sent a team earlier this week to assess Border Patrol efforts in the Rio Grande Valley, the official said, where tens of thousands of children have poured into the United States this year.

The administration’s latest efforts in what most agree is a humanitarian crisis come as Washington struggles to address the matter with little optimism for a solution before Congress breaks for its month-long August recess.