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Biden heading to Central America to address flood of immigrant kids

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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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