President Barack Obama is sending Vice President Joe Biden to deal with the rising flood of poor Central American immigrants now flowing into Texas.
Biden will fly into Guatemala June 20, to meet with the presidents of Guatemala and El Salvador, plus a top official from Honduras, and to tell the 28 million people in those countries that they can’t migrate to the United States, a White House official said Sunday.
But the trip is merely for show, said one Hill aide.
“Anytime the administration sends Joe Biden to solve a problem, it’s clear evidence that the administration doesn’t see it as a problem worth solving,” the aide said, noting that Obama has not spoken in public about the crisis.
“The president is sending Biden as a symbolic gesture to show they care about the border flow, whereas in reality their primary goal is to increase the flow,” the aide said, citing Biden’s recent call for increased immigration.
On June 10, Biden called for Congress to continue “the constant, unrelenting stream” of foreigners into the United States. Biden actually demanded more immigration — “not dribbling [but] significant flows” — when he urged the House to pass the Senate’s June 2013 immigration bill, during his June 10 speech to the National Association of Manufacturers.
But on June 20, he’ll tell “families and communities to think twice before sending children on this dangerous journey” through Mexico to the Texas border, the White House official said.
Youths and families who cross the border are not eligible for Obama’s June 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals two-year regulatory amnesty, and would not be included in the pending Senate bill, the officials said.
“It’s not worth subjecting children to a perilous journey where at the end of the day, there is no light at the end of the tunnel,” said another official.
Biden may also announce new aid programs to persuade Latinos to stay at home, rather than migrate to the United States, the officials said. “But at the same time, the United States wants to work very closely with the governments of the region to try to make life better for these families and children in all of the countries of Central America,” the other official said.
The pitch is needed because the flow is caused by a “misperception about U.S. immigration policy,” the officials said.
However, it is not clear if the governments or the population of Central America will listen to Biden.
Numerous media reports say that many Central Americans believe Obama is informally offering them passage into the United States, and so they’re flooding northwards before the door is closed.
The governments of the poor and violent countries that are producing the stream of illegals have little incentive to stop the flow.
If the poor and unskilled illegals get into the United States, they won’t be in their home countries where they might protest the local governments. Also, once in the United States, they’re likely to send a slice of their wages back home as remittances. Each year, migrants in the United States send roughly $50 billion back to their home countries around the world.
In fact, the president of Honduras won’t be meeting with Biden. He’ll be attending the World Cup in Brazil, the White House officials admitted.