Biden heading to Central America to address flood of immigrant kids
June 15th, 2014
06:31 PM ET
5 months ago

Biden heading to Central America to address flood of immigrant kids

Palm Springs, Calif. (CNN) — Vice President Joe Biden will visit Guatemala this week to discuss a recent rash of unaccompanied minors crossing the U.S. Southern border from three Central American nations.

Senior administration officials said Biden would meet with Guatemala’s president along with the president of El Salvador and a senior official within Honduras’ government to broach the matter of young children being sent to the United States as a way to flee unrest in those three nations.

The vice president will attempt to dispel a misperception among young immigrants that they would be eligible for deferred deportation under a rule President Obama enacted last year.

He’ll “emphasize that illegal immigration is not safe,” an administration official said, and make clear the children who migrate to the U.S. illegally will still be subject to deportation.

The United States is confronting a massive wave of unaccompanied migrant children, a situation Obama has deemed a “humanitarian crisis.” The federal government doesn’t currently have facilities to accommodate the 60,000 young migrants that are estimated to enter the country this year.

Obama and his administration have stepped up efforts to begin deportation proceedings for the young people, though the wave has slowed the process considerably.

Officials said Sunday that Biden would likely announce new U.S. support to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador during his visit, which will come on Friday.

The stop in Central America was tacked on to a South America swing that’s set to begin in Brazil, currently hosting soccer’s World Cup. Biden will view the match between the United States’ team and Ghana as well a meet with Brazil’s president.

He’ll also make stops in Colombia and the Dominican Republic.

One official said Sunday it was likely Biden would address the violence in Iraq during his trip. Biden spoke with Iraq’s President Nuri al-Maliki last week and has long been an administration point person on the situation there.


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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Wes

    biden is a disaster.

    June 15, 2014 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  2. Stuffitu

    Hopefully he won't stick his foot in his mouth and add to the embarrassment this country already has over an incompetent, inept, corrupt president playing golf while the embassy in Bagdhad is being evacuated.

    June 15, 2014 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  3. Tom l

    Address what??? The gang was telling us last week there was nothing to see and actually weren't even aware there was anything odd in yet another blind defense of our president.

    June 15, 2014 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  4. bill

    Send us more; we need the votes. We could use a few more gang members too. The food stamps, wellfare, and doctors ready. Free everything.

    June 15, 2014 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  5. Smitty

    Oh goody when all else fails send in the court jester, what an embarrassment for USA. Just another failure under this admin.

    June 15, 2014 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  6. hussein obozo

    So joe admits its the hussein obozo who caused this. God please take obozo back to indoniesa. He is a disastor. Hussein the liar n chief

    June 15, 2014 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  7. nate

    so thats whos telling them all to come here and turn themselves in so taxpayers can sport thier medical , welfare, schooling. everyone in capitol hill & the white house should be arrested.

    June 15, 2014 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  8. Rick McDaniel

    What? He wants to import MORE?????

    June 15, 2014 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  9. Chris-E...al

    We in american thank you Mr. vice president B. for answering the call and see N0w just a glimmer of hope we are being milked to death by this invasion . I feel for our neighbors and they have hopes and dreams just as we do . We have laws to follow on the books they and you dont have to follow .

    June 15, 2014 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  10. TableandChairs

    Actions speak louder than words. The current flood of minor illegal entrants will be allowed to go free awaiting a deportation hearing that they will not attend, and the government will not pursue them for deportation, just as they are currently ignoring 842,000 deportation absconders in the US. That is amnesty enough for most people. The flow will continue unabated until the government starts actually repatriating the border crossers.

    June 15, 2014 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  11. BornInTheUSA

    Enough is enough!!! It's about time we send these people back to their own Country's! Everyone forgets about 9-11 when 2 planes were flown into our World Trade Center killing (murdering) many American Citizens. Our own U.S. children are living without their parents today. President Bush sent our troops over to kick arse! Then Ohbahma campaigns that he is going to bring our troops home! I think Ohbahma realized our troops were needed over there.

    Why the U.S. cannot work with our neighboring Country Mexico in helping them to keep "their own Democracy" under control i.e. Violence, Rape, Murder etc... instead allowing them to flee into the USA, is beyond intelligence on our Governments part!

    If these people are such "hard workers" and "cheap labor" teach them to handle their own problems within their own Gutter Countries. We Do Not Need Them To Bring Down The USA to their levels!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 15, 2014 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  12. Thomas

    Why don't immigrants like moving to Russia , is it too cold ?

    June 16, 2014 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  13. Steven Flannagan

    This massive non-White immigration into White countries is nothing more than a component of the system of White Genocide that has been devised and implemented by the anti-White elites at the top of Western civilization.

    June 16, 2014 05:32 am at 5:32 am |
  14. old age voter

    Joe; do America a favor; stay there

    June 16, 2014 07:00 am at 7:00 am |
  15. cmml

    Yet another short sighted Obama policy that has failed. Does anyone in the administration think anything through?

    June 16, 2014 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  16. brownbuttonglutton

    Obama and the Democrats invited them.

    June 16, 2014 07:44 am at 7:44 am |