The presidential campaign of Joe Biden is quietly playing with dozens of immigration activists and Latino leaders – weeks after talking about their views on immigration policies
Biden said on the occasion of the democratic debate on 31 July that immigrant undocumented migrants must "hunt" and that the country rightfully "selects" highly qualified immigrants, particularly those with advanced degrees.
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This language, which is more commonly used by Conservatives, sparked widespread criticism from immigration activists, some of whom said the former vice president spoke of "republican talks" on the admission of migrants to the country United States .
The campaign quickly started with damage control. Aides threw down defamed activists and Biden had a meeting with Latino leaders in San Diego prior to his speech at the UnidosUS conference last week.
"It is unacceptable for a candidate to name the Democratic candidate for POTUS as a candidate for language usage. Just as VP Biden did in the second debate on immigration," said Mayra Macías, executive director of Latino Victory. "We immediately turned to the campaign and learned that it was being addressed."
Activists see the "get-in-line" language as an evasive maneuver inspired by immigration hardships. They claim that there is no practical "line" for many hopeful migrants from Latin America if they do not have an employer or family member who sponsors their immigration. And Biden's line on advanced degrees, it says, emphasizes family reunification and also has a racist component.
When Biden said the words "Queuing," Macías said, "My phone started blowing up with news and phone calls." Other activists talked about his rhetoric.
At the end of most calls and messages to the campaign – more than 100 – was Biden's senior adviser, Cristóbal Alex, a respected immigration lawyer Alex quickly began to clarify Biden's comments he bidened over the nuances of politics and sat down for the round table with Latino leaders in San Diego.
Although he acknowledged some people were upset or confused about Biden's comments, Alex downplayed the extent of the controversy and pointed it out that Biden has long been respected by the Latin American leaders and that he has impressed the members of the Congress's Hispanic Caucus.
"I would not say we say we're putting out fires or dealing with failures, we're taking a lot of comments and suggestions from the community.
It is difficult to miss his true understanding of this problem It's hard to say how much he cares about immigrants in the community in a 15-second retort when someone attacks him. "
Biden's campaign states that he supports comprehensive changes to the immigration system that increase immigration levels, pave the way for citizenship to undocumented immigrants who have committed no crimes and are gainfully employed, and legalize the status of immigrants who are being illegally immigrated into the country Children, known as dreamers.
Biden was sometimes viewed with suspicion by immigration activists. They point out that he has had no contact with Latin American communities in the past and acted as Vice President under Barack Obama, who was considered "Commander-in-Chief" by liberal activists for his government's border guard policy. 19659008] Activists disrupted Biden's remarks during the debate last month in Detroit. In early July, six demonstrators were arrested during a sit-in at Biden's campaign headquarters in Philadelphia.
The tension between Biden's campaign and the activist community has roots in his overall campaign strategy. He runs as a centrist in a primary school, where most other top candidates tilt to the left. And many liberal activists are not thrilled with an old, white moderate leading the ticket.
"We will only go as far to the left as we have to," said a well-known Latino supporter of Biden. "We are looking forward to November 2020, but we know we have to look at primary care, so it's certainly a tightrope walk."
The criticism of Biden's immigration policy is, of course, that President Donald Trump is outside the US Policy and rhetoric of the President regarding immigrants. Since taking office, Trump's policy has spanned families bordering the US-Mexico border are banning entry from several Muslim-majority countries in order to deny green cards to immigrants who have access to welfare programs.
Biden's camp argues that his approach is not only an antidote to Trump's extreme politics, but also one that does not move too far to the left and therefore agrees with the majority of voters in the primaries and general election. She also believes that Trump's right-wing extremist politics and racist rhetoric will put Latinos to the polls.
A Top Biden Substitute Hilda Solis, former Labor Secretary and current Los Angeles County Commissioner, said his remark to abide by the rules was a poor choice of words.
"I think he has to rewrite and pivot," Solis said. "I know that the man is compassionate and, more importantly, has a record."
She added that Hispanic voters are most interested in health care and benefit greatly from Obamacare, which has pledged to protect and improve Biden.
The significance of the Hispanic vote will be seen on February 22, when Nevada, where approximately 15 percent of Democratic voters are Hispanic, holds the nation's third nomination competition. California and Texas voters will vote on Super Tuesday ten days later Hispanic voters will also be critical in Florida and Nevada in November.
Jose Parra, who once advised the former Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid, on matters of Latino, said he wondered how Biden could have stepped into line if he really joined the non-partisan reform efforts in 2013 would have been involved. Parra also noted that during the debate Biden had refused to discuss where he differed with Oba on deportations.
"Many just do not understand why he spit out republican speech on the stage," Parra said.
Biden was in the defense throughout the debate. On immigration, he drew most of the fire from the only Latino on stage, Julián Castro, who demanded the decriminalization of border crossings. Biden disagreed, saying that immigrants must "stand in line". Moments later, Biden said, "When people cross the border illegally, it's illegal to do so unless they seek asylum. People should hire. That's the problem. And the only reason this particular part of the law is abused is Donald Trump. We should defeat Donald Trump and end this practice. "
People with PhDs" should get a green card for seven years, "Biden said as well." We should leave her here.
Cory Booker criticized him for this.
"It really annoys me that I heard the vice president say that you can get directly into this country with a doctorate," the New Jersey Senator said Immigrants against other immigrants. "
Last week, Biden in Iowa referred to the economic collapse of 2008 as an explanation for Obama-era deportations. Only after this crisis did we face deportations.
" We have We lost 800,000 jobs a month when we started, "Biden said." When we were able to get things moving and focus on them, we did not send anyone back who actually committed no crime. "
Biden said he would give Dreamers legal status and promised to end Trump's zero-tolerance policy, which led to a widespread separation of families at the border.
If you come here and make things, you should be able to come to the country and have your case decided. So I would swamp the zone with officers who can tell immediately if you qualify or not, "he said. "And you do not have to lock up a single person."
"There are no reasons to separate families – no reasons," Biden added to the applause. "We did not do that."
Biden told POLITICO that he had previously asked at the Iowa State Fair if he had adequately addressed the deportations under Obama. "Yes I do."
Angelica Salas, executive director of the Human Rights Coalition coalition, welcomed Biden's efforts to explain his debates. At the meeting with the San Diego candidate, she said she appreciated listening to her talk about the "mistaken" immigration routes for Mexican and Central American migrants.
"The big problem is the belief in the system works for people with color. That's not it, "Salas said. "People are talking about this being a 'broken system' and that's not the case, it's designed that way, and the idea of dressing like everyone else is just a lie."
Astrid Silva, one Nevada immigration activist and dreamer, who held a private meeting in May with arranged Biden and undocumented immigrants, said there was a separation between the Biden she had engaged with and the one she had seen in the debate.
on stage, "Silva said," Can I say I liked his response on stage? No. I did not appreciate her. But I had the opportunity to talk to him and to observe him with these families and his way of them.