US President Barack Obama got the presidents of Central America’s Northern Triangle — Salvador Sánchez Ceren of El Salvador, Otto Pérez Molina of Guatemala and Juan Orlando Hernández of Honduras — to sign up to his agenda for dealing with the surge of unaccompanied minors entering the US over the past couple of years. He did not offer much in return, mainly because he does not know how much emergency funding the Congress will approve, and to what extent he can go ahead on the strength of executive orders without paying a high political price.

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