WASHINGTON - Vice President Joe Biden says the U.S. shouldn't think of unaccompanied children showing up at the border as someone else's children. He says -- quote -- "These are our kids."
Biden is asking for help from attorneys and legal groups to represent immigrant children apprehended at the border. He says the rest of the world will judge the U.S. by how it treats these children.
Biden says he understands the utter despair that leads parents to pay unscrupulous people to smuggle their kids into the U.S.
But Biden warns the U.S. will have to send back some children to bad environments because they don't legally qualify for asylum.
Many are waiting to see if President Obama will indeed take executive action to fix the nation's broken immigration system.
"We aren't going to do any votes on immigration this session so it's dead until January," said Raul Grijalva who represents District 3.
Others say if the President takes executive action they may push for impeachment, but Grijalva and Sen. Jeff Flake wouldn't support that.
Obama vowed to make a decision by the end of the summer.
Biden also says Central American governments are unprepared to make the tough domestic decisions needed to address such problems in their countries.