A day before the first Democratic presidential debates in Miami, the former vice-president Joe Biden bylined an op-ed piece in Miami Herald urging the Congress to make the so-called Dreamers U.S. citizens.
Unveiling his immigration policy plan, Biden proposed that Congress secure immediate citizenship to nearly 800,000 U.S. residents who entered the country illegally as children. In addition to that, Biden also highlighted that the millions of Dreamers should be taken out of the shadow and get fair treatment instead of ugly threats.
In his op-ed piece, which was also published in the Spanish newspaper El Nuevo Herald, Biden also referred to the last week's deportation raids of Donald Trump, assuming that the President only aimed to assault the dignity of the Latin American community.
In Biden's view, the reportedly racist remarks of the President about the Latino voters subvert the American values and question our country's leadership position on the international political scene.
Going further, Joe Biden admitted that our borders need proper security. He pointed out that Trump's proposal to build a wall along the border was ''divorced from reality.'
Instead of building walls, Biden would improve the screening procedures at the ports of entry and invest in high-tech equipment for the security agents at the border. Biden highlighted that such reasonable policies would be far more efficient than a wall.
Biden also heavily criticized the current U.S. foreign politics in Latin America, calling it 'an ineffective mess.' Echoing his fellow Democrats who blasted Trump's politics in Mexico, Central America, and South America, Biden said it reminded him of the Cold War era.
The former vice president also noted that Trump's refusal to grant temporary asylum status to political refugees from Venezuela contributed to the rising economic and social unrest in Central America.
At the same time, the leaders of the Latin American community in Florida criticized Biden for not taking part in the National Association of Latino Elected Officials conference that took place in Miami. Eight of Biden's competitors attended the event, noted from the association.
Asked to comment on the Biden's proposal on immigration, Mandi Merritt, the spokesperson of The Republican National Committee said that during their eight years in the White House, the Obama-Biden administration failed to combat the illegal migration. Merritt also added that Trump's predecessors did not pass any significant immigration reform too.
What do you think? Do you support or oppose Biden's proposal to grant citizenship to 800,000 Dreamers?