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Obama Plans to Deport Flood of Immigrant Children
Posted at 8:43 p.m. on June 19
President Barack Obama plans to deport the child migrants flooding across the border without their parents.
Obama called Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto Thursday to try and stem the flow of these children entering the United States illegally, according to a White House readout.
Obama and Nieto discussed working together to return the children to their families safely, and Obama reiterated the children would not be eligible for his program to defer deportations of many young illegal immigrants brought here as children. Nor would they be eligible to stay in the United States under Obama’s proposed immigration overhaul, should legislation ever pass Congress. But the White House has been vague on how it will manage to deport the children.
According to the readout, Obama spoke with Nieto about improving Central American countries’ capacity to handle the children coming back.
Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. will attend a regional meeting in Guatemala Friday to discuss the issue.
Obama “welcomed the opportunity to work in close cooperation with Mexico to develop concrete proposals to address the root causes of unlawful migration from Central America,” the readout said. “He also discussed the United States and Mexico’s shared responsibility for promoting security in both countries and in the region.”
“The President also noted that these unaccompanied children are vulnerable to crime and abuse, and welcomed Mexico’s efforts to help target the criminals that lure families to send children on the dangerous journey and to alert potential migrants to the perils of the journey and the likelihood that they will be returned to Central America,” the White House said.
A combination of factors has caused the number of child migrants to skyrocket this year, turning border facilities into day care centers and military barracks into youth dorms.