Vice President Mike Pence sent a strong message to both Central and South American countries. The vice president said the U.S. will no longer tolerate illegal immigration.
During a joint press briefing with Brazil’s president Tuesday, Pence told Latin American leaders they must respect U.S. borders, and do more to confront the problems that are driving their people to flee their home countries.
He added the U.S. is one of the most welcoming countries in the world, but foreigners must respect the rule of law and immigrate to the country legally.
“Don’t risk your lives or the lives of your children by trying to come to the United States on the road run by drug smugglers and human traffickers,” he urged. “If you can’t come legally, don’t come at all.”
The vice president’s visit to Brazil marks the first stop on his Latin American tour.
He will meet with leaders of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador on Thursday in Guatemala City, where he plans to address the rising drug trafficking crisis.