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Biden: Congress should immediately make ‘dreamers’ citizens

Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the SC Democratic Convention in Columbia, South Carolina, U.S., June 22, 2019. REUTERS/Randall Hill

Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, who is running for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020, called on Monday for making “Dreamer” immigrants brought to the United States as children citizens and investing in border technology.

Biden’s comments were made in an op-ed for the Miami Herald ahead of the first Democratic presidential debate in Florida this week. He said Republican President Donald Trump’s proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border would neither stop drugs from entering the country nor curb illegal immigration.

He said most illegal immigration cases were the result of individuals over-staying their visas.

“It’s imperative that we secure our borders, but ‘build the wall’ is a slogan divorced from reality,” Biden wrote.

Trump said at the weekend he would delay for two weeks a plan to deport thousands of individuals who have missed a court date or have already been given deportation orders while the U.S. Congress negotiates changes to the asylum process.


24th June 2019

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