Readout of the Vice President’s Call to President Juan Orlando Hernández of Honduras
Vice President Joe Biden spoke by phone with Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández on his way to Guatemala to discuss a regional strategy to address the influx of unaccompanied children coming from Central America to the U.S.-Mexico border. The Vice President previewed his meeting in Guatemala with the Presidents of Guatemala and El Salvador, as well as representatives from the governments of Mexico and Honduras to discuss the urgent humanitarian issue. He asked President Hernández to work in close cooperation with other regional leaders to develop concrete proposals to address the root causes of unlawful migration from Central America.
The Vice President also reiterated that arriving migrants will not qualify for legalization under proposed immigration reform legislation or deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA).