In brief: Biden to discuss migrants’ status with Central American leaders
WASHINGTON – Facing a tide of unaccompanied children pouring into the U.S., the Obama administration will send Vice President Joe Biden to Central America this week to make it clear that the children are not eligible for a path to citizenship and could be deported.
Biden will go to Guatemala on Friday at the end of a trip to South America, and will meet with government leaders from that country, El Salvador and Honduras, the administration said.
A senior White House official attributed the flood of children to violence and a lack of economic opportunity in the region. But the official also acknowledged a “misperception of U.S. immigration policy” and said Biden will emphasize that illegal immigration is unsafe and that newly arriving children are not eligible to earn U.S. citizenship.
“The bottom line is that it’s not worth subjecting children to a perilous journey when at the end of the day there is no light at the end of the tunnel,” the administration official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity as a matter of policy.
U.S. IDs 5th soldier killed in attack
The Defense Department has identified the fifth of five soldiers killed last week in southern Afghanistan, possibly by friendly fire: Army Staff Sgt. Jason A. McDonald, 28, of Butler, Georgia.
Military officials released few details about McDonald and have said little about the incident. The soldiers were fighting Taliban forces in remote Zabul province last Monday night, and Afghan officials have said an airstrike by the U.S.-led military coalition mistakenly targeted the U.S. soldiers.
In addition to McDonald, also killed were Army Cpl. Justin R. Clouse, 22, of Sprague, Washington; Staff Sgt. Scott R. Studenmund, 24, of Pasadena, California; Spc. Justin R. Helton, 25, of Beaver, Ohio; and Pvt. 2nd Class Aaron S. Toppen, 19, of Mokena, Illinois.