President Obama addressed the illegal immigration crisis on the Southern border in an interview that aired this morning on ABC's Good Morning America:
"You mentioned immigration," said the ABC host George Stephanopoulos. "There's a humanitarian crisis on the border. Some of your critics have said you need to speak out more directly to the people of Central America and say, don't come. If you come, you will be deported."
"We actually -- we've done that," Obama said. "The problem is that, under current law, once the kids come across the border, there's a system in which we're supposed to process them, take care of them, until we can send them back."
"Is your message don't come?"
"Oh," said Obama, "our message absolutely is don't send your children unaccompanied on trains or through a bunch of smugglers. That is our direct message to families in Central America. Do not send your children to the borders. If they do make it, they'll get sent back. More importantly, they may not make it."