“Make no mistake, once an individual’s case is fully heard, and if he or she does not qualify for asylum, he or she will be removed from the United States and returned home,” he said. “Everyone should know that.”
Biden reiterated the White House’s statement that border-crossers are not eligible for the 2012 version of Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival policy, which he announced during the 2012 campaign.
That policy has bypassed U.S. immigration law, and provided work-permits to at least 550,000 young illegal immigrants already living in the United States. Advocates for those illegals call them “Dreamers.”
In response, critics of Obama’s immigration policies says the flood of new border crossers is a “Dream Deluge.”
Many of the new border-crossers hope to get work permits similar to those awarded to the “dreamers.”
Biden also repeated the claim that new illegals are not technically eligible for the amnesty included in the Senate’s 2013 amnesty and guest-worker bill. But that bill has very weak verification measures, potentially allowing new border-crossers to claim they arrived before the 2011 deadline.
Biden did not say the president would oppose adding recent border-crossers to his 2012 DACA regulation, or to the 2013 bill.
Biden also described the 2013 bill as a better hope for illegals now living in the United States and who want to bring in their children from Honduras or other states.
Regional leaders “are very concerned about family reunification [for their nationals illegally living in the United States], but they understand that that’s what the immigration bill does,” he added. “It provides a legal way to do that.”
Biden also said nothing about people who use a weak legal claim to get temporary residency in the U.S., and then evade immigration officials when they get a deportation order. Several hundred thousand illegals are now living the U.S. with deportation orders, which the administration is not enforcing. Overall, in 2013, Obama’s deputies deported less than 0.2 percent of the roughly 12 million illegals who were not convicted of a major crime. That’s a lower number than any president since Jimmy Carter.
In his press conference, Biden mainly sought to persuade parents that Mexico is too dangerous for their children or youth to cross.
But he weakened that message by promising to take good care of any children and youths who cross the U.S. border.
“One of the [Central American] leaders with whom I met today said, one of our problems is you treat them so well they don’t want to come home to the circumstance they left,” Biden stated.
“Let me say that again. One of the leaders I met with said, you are treating them so well they don’t want to come home to the circumstance they left,” the vice president of the United States said.