In a speech to the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s 2014 Legislative Summit, Vice President Joe Biden said, “[The] eleven million people living in the shadows I believed are already American citizens.”
“These people are just waiting, waiting for a chance to be able to contribute fully, and by that standard, 11 million undocumented aliens are already Americans in my view,” he added.
The Obama administration has been getting hammered by pro-immigration reformers, some like Arturo Carmona who has said, “[The Obama administration is destroying immigrant life.”
“We’re seeing unprecedented suffering, over a thousand deportations a day at the rate of over 400,000 deportations a year,” Carmona continued.
Carmona’s group, Presente, recently launched a nationwide anti-deportation campaign complete with a 3-minute video scolding Obama and urging him to sign an executive order to stop deportations of undocumented immigrants.
“Teddy Roosevelt said it better. He said, Americanism is not a question of birthplace or creed or a line of descent. It’s a question of principles, idealism and character.”
“All they want—they just want a decent life for their kids, a chance to contribute to a free society, a chance to put down roots and help build the next great American century. I really believe that. That’s what they’re fighting for,” Biden continued.
No one is denying that people who risk everything by coming to America seeking to start a new life don’t deserve the opportunity to do just that. But an immigrant’s first act in pursuit of that new life in America shouldn’t be to break US immigration law.
There are millions of people who have jumped through every burdensome, bureaucratic hoop America’s immigration system has to offer in order to become US citizens. Joe Biden swore to support and defend US law. And his assertion that those people who have chosen to simply ignore immigration law are “already Americans” set a terrifying precedent and is deeply disturbing.
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