'Don't Distort the Law': Krauthammer on Obama's Refugee Status Proposal
President Obama met with leaders of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador today at the White House to discuss the influx of Central American children into the United States.
The president said that in some cases, families may be eligible for “humanitarian or refugee status.” If that’s the case, he said it would be better for them to apply in their home countries, than to take a dangerous journey across the U.S. border.
The plan would involve screening youths in Honduras, one of the world's most violent nations, to determine whether they qualify for refugee status. Similar in-country screening programs were set up in East Asia after the Vietnam War and in Haiti in the 1990s.
The officials cautioned that no final decision on the matter has been made and said the proposal is among a range of ideas the White House is considering. The officials briefed reporters ahead of President Barack Obama's meeting Friday with Central American leaders on the condition they not be identified by name.
Tonight on Special Report, Charles Krauthammer criticized President Obama’s proposal.
He said, “Don’t do it by changing the definition of the word refugee. You cannot change the laws unilaterally. A refugee is somebody who fears persecution for reasons of religion or ethnicity or political opinion. This is not what’s happening in Honduras. If you want to create a new special category, okay. But don’t distort existing law.”