- The Washington Times - Friday, June 20, 2014

With his administration scrambling to send back a surge of illegal child immigrants fleeing violence in Central America, President Obama Friday marked World Refugee Day by saying refugees “make our country strong.”

“This country was built by people who fled oppression and war, leapt at opportunity, and worked day and night to remake themselves in this new land,” Mr. Obama said in a statement. “The refugees who arrive in the United States today continue this tradition, bringing fresh dreams and energy and renewing the qualities that help forge our national identity and make our country strong.”

Vice President Joseph R. Biden is in Guatemala Friday, warning Latin American leaders that it’s dangerous to send children to the U.S. unaccompanied. He’s also conveying the message that any illegal immigrants who come to the U.S. now will be sent home to their countries of origin.

Thousands of children are being held in temporary detention centers on the U.S. border, having fled their countries, the administration says, due to rampant poverty and violence. The administration is warning such immigrants that they are not eligible for deferred deportation and must go home.

Mr. Obama said in his statement, “The ordeals refugees survive and the aspirations they hold resonate with us as Americans.”

• Dave Boyer can be reached at dboyer@washingtontimes.com.

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