- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Vice President Mike Pence will meet Thursday with leaders from the key Central American countries responsible for the massive surge of illegal immigrant children and families, the White House said Tuesday.

Mr. Pence and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen will both be in attendance at the meeting in Guatemala. The presidents of Guatemala and Honduras and the Vice President of El Salvador will be there to talk immigration, the vice president’s office said.

Mr. Pence was traveling in Latin America and had been scheduled to meet with victims of a volcano eruption in Guatemala later this week, but the visit has now turned into an immigration-centric meeting.

Migrants from the three Central American nations have reshaped the immigration debate in the U.S. in recent years, fleeing violence and poor conditions back home.

Democrats say the migrants should be treated as refugees.

But the Trump administration says for the most part they are seeing to reunite with family already in the U.S., usually illegally, or to get jobs here — the same motivations for most illegal immigration.

Many of them are making asylum claims, but the vast majority will turn out to be bogus.

Still, since it can take years to process an asylum case, many of the migrants will earned their goal of gaining a foothold in the U.S., where they can disappear into the shadows.

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