Vice President Joe Biden's visit to Guatemala on Friday was intended to help calm a surge of children migrating illegally into the U.S., but his message was decidedly mixed when he hinted that some would be allowed to stay.
After a meeting with Central American leaders, Biden noted that "we do intend, and everyone agreed, it is necessary to put them back in the hands of a parent in the country from which they came."
But later in his statement, he left the door open to allowing at least some to stay in the U.S. when he said:
"We're sending immigration judges, attorneys to represent these young people and families with young people, and asylum officers. They have a right under our law to make the case -- make the case that we're here because we're avoiding persecution. We're avoiding something will physically affect our safety."
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