Vice President Mike Pence issued a warning to potential illegal immigrants during a joint press conference with Brazilian President Michel Temer on Tuesday.
"Let me be clear: The United States is the most welcoming home for immigrants in human history," Pence told pool reporters. "We are proud of this legacy. But we are also proud to be a nation of laws and a nation with recognized and respected international borders.”
"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," Pence continued. "If you can’t come legally, don’t come at all."
VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE: But the United States cannot do this alone. And I will deliver this message personally to the leaders of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador when we meet in Guatemala City on Thursday. These nations must take new and renewed steps to confront the drug trafficking and corruption that besets them and strengthen their economies for the sake of their people.
But the truth is, all the nations of our Hemisphere have got to help to ensure the stability of our neighbors. And so today, on behalf of the United States, I say to our strong ally here in Brazil, and to all the freedom-loving nations across the Americas: The time has come to do more.
And lastly, to the people of Central America, I have a message for you, straight from my heart, and straight from the heart of the American people:
You are our neighbors. We want you and your nations to prosper and thrive across Central America. Don't risk your lives or the lives of your children by trying to come to the United States on a road run by drug smugglers and human traffickers. If you can't come legally, don't come at all. If someone tells you they can bring your child to America, don't believe them. Hold on to your children. Build your lives in your homeland. And be confident that your neighbors in the United States and across this New World are all working together to ensure a brighter future for all of the nations of this hemisphere.