The Texas-Mexico border is being overrun at least in part because residents of Central America believe that if their kids get to the border, the United States will take care of them.

President Obama could shut that off with an unequivocal message telling parents that America will enforce its laws, so don’t bother coming here and don’t bring or send your kids here.

But that’s not the message that the president delivered today.

ABC’s George Stephanopoulos asked the president to deliver a strong message to the residents of Central America.

This is what he got.

“Our message absolutely is don’t send your children unaccompanied on trains or through a bunch of smugglers,” the president said. “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.”

There are enough holes in that for a convoy of coyote-driven trucks to drive through, as I’ll show on the next page.