Former Vice President Joe Biden, published an oped in English and Spanish in the Miami Herald and its Spanish publication El Nuevo Herald, calling for giving U.S. citizenship to the thousands of young undocumented immigrants brought into the country illegally.
“The millions of undocumented people in the United States can only be brought out of the shadows through fair treatment, not ugly threats,” Biden said. “Trump’s efforts to repeal Temporary Protected Status (TPS) across the board have injected unnecessary uncertainty into the lives of thousands of families.”
These so-called Dreamers – thousands of young undocumented immigrants brought into the country illegally – were granted legal protections through the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Biden said, if elected, he would “focus instead on improving screening procedures at our legal ports of entry and making smart investments in border technology. These are sensible policies that will do more for our security than a wall ever could.”
Biden also condemned Trump for “threatening the imminent deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants just hours after his State Department confirmed it was cutting off aid to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras — the very countries from which most migrants are fleeing.”
“It’s clear Trump is only interested in using his policies to assault the dignity of the Hispanic community and scare voters to turn out on Election Day, while not addressing the real challenges facing our hemisphere,” conttinued Biden.