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Biden: Illegal immigrants are 'already Americans'
« on: March 27, 2014, 04:07:45 PM »
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March 27, 2014, 03:30 pm
Biden: Illegal immigrants are 'already Americans'

By Mike Lillis

The nearly 12 million illegal immigrants in the United States are already citizens, as far as Vice President Biden is concerned.

"You know, 11 million people live in the shadows. I believe they're already American citizens," Biden said Thursday at a Washington gathering of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. "These people are just waiting, waiting for a chance to contribute fully. And by that standard, 11 million undocumented aliens are already Americans, in my view."

The sentiment might come as a surprise to liberal Democrats and immigrant rights advocates who have hammered the Obama administration's deportation policies as far too aggressive and damaging to families.

Critics have pushed the administration to expand its 19-month-old deferred action program, which allows illegal immigrants brought to the country as kids to remain and work, so that it includes a broader swath of the illegal immigrant population. President Obama has resisted that move thus far.

The deportation issue is a tough one for the president, who at once wants to appear strong on enforcement to counter GOP critics; scale back deportations to energize Hispanic voters who came out for him overwhelmingly in 2008 and 2012; and keep pressure on Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and GOP leaders to bring immigration reform legislation to the floor.

House Democrats on Wednesday unveiled a discharge petition designed to force a vote on a reform bill. They acknowledged the petition likely wouldn't attract the 218 signatures needed but said the point was increasing the pressure on the Republicans to act.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday that she's ready to sacrifice certain provisions the Democrats want to see in an immigration bill, but vowed to oppose any legislation that explicitly blocks illegal immigrants from becoming U.S. citizens.

"I want this bill desperately. I'm willing to make almost every compromise possible, but we cannot compromise on a pathway to citizenship," she told the members of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. "It cannot have a provision that prevents it from happening."

Biden said passage of comprehensive immigration reform legislation would be a boon to the economy, an argument the administration has made repeatedly.

"If we want a game changer, the single most important thing we can do for our economy and for America's future is pass immigration reform now," Biden said. "I've heard for too damn long how this was going to bankrupt us, and Social Security was going to take a nose-dive, and so on. … Well guess what? It's a game changer financially for the country."

Biden rattled off a list of figures from the Congressional Budget Office about the estimated effects of comprehensive immigration reform on the nation's economy, including predictions it would extend the solvency of Social Security.

"So much for the horror stories," Biden said.

Biden also decried a system where immigrant students receive advanced degrees and then have to leave the country before they can use them.

"We should be stapling a green card to each one of those degrees as they walk across the stage," he said.

"Let this go," Biden said, addressing Boehner. "Let people vote."

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Re: Biden: Illegal immigrants are 'already Americans'
« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2014, 04:32:05 PM »
GOOD GRIEF!!  Does this idiot have nothing in his head but empty space? :wtf:
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Re: Biden: Illegal immigrants are 'already Americans'
« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2014, 08:07:06 PM »
If they were Americans they wouldn't be illegal immigrants, now would they?

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Re: Biden: Illegal immigrants are 'already Americans'
« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2014, 08:09:22 PM »
GOOD GRIEF!!  Does this idiot have nothing in his head but empty space? :wtf:
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Re: Biden: Illegal immigrants are 'already Americans'
« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2014, 08:16:23 PM »
He is Obama's trump card. The sickening thing is Biden was chosen for his foreign policy intelligence because he served on committees. Yet Gates book confirmed what an idiot Biden is. Goes to show, that just because you work in Washington DC and are on committees, does not make you qualified.
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Re: Biden: Illegal immigrants are 'already Americans'
« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2014, 01:39:38 PM »
He is Obama's trump card. The sickening thing is Biden was chosen for his foreign policy intelligence because he served on committees. Yet Gates book confirmed what an idiot Biden is. Goes to show, that just because you work in Washington DC and are on committees, does not make you qualified.

Also his insurance card.  Nobody in their right mind would want to see Biden running this country, even as bad as Obama is. :scared smiley:
"Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim tribute to patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness -- these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. . . . reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principles."
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