Vice President Joe Biden was on the stump Thursday defending comprehensive immigration reform. In what many perceive as the administration’s new two-fold strategy to gain Hispanic voters in November and put Obamacare setbacks off page one, Biden said undocumented immigrants being naturalized “would help boost the economy and improve foreign relations.”
The vice president, known more for his famous gaffes more than serious speeches, spoke to the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. It comes at a time when most polls show Hispanics “disillusioned” with the president’s immigration policies and his lack of any legislative movement.
Biden came out swinging saying, "These people are just waiting, waiting for a chance to be able to contribute fully. And by that standard, 11 million undocumented aliens are already Americans, in my view. They just want a decent life for their kids and a chance to contribute to a free society, a chance to put down roots and help build the next great American century. I really believe that. That's what they're fighting for."
House Democrats have attempted to bring forth their version of reform efforts since the Senate passed its comprehensive immigration bill last year. Whether or not their efforts are genuine or merely political band standing remains a pertinent question with millions of Hispanics in this country.
The Democrats in the House have attempted to bring their reform measure to the full body with no success thus far.
The White House voiced its approval of Biden’s speech (they wrote it) and reiterated the administration's backing of the Senate-passed bill which the House Democrats' efforts are based.
Biden said, "The single most important thing we can do for our economy, for America's future, is to pass immigration reform now. It's the single most important thing we can do. I've heard for too damn long about how this was going to bankrupt us, that Social Security was going to take a nose dive and so on. Well guess what, it's a game changer financially for the country."
His Congressional Budget Office figures of a 20-year projection on the economy were met with skepticism and major doubts in its presentation of overall facts.
The White House had been highly critical recently about OMB projections on the future job market and the impact of Obamacare. It appeared Biden was using numbers favorable to attracting Hispanic support in a somewhat hypocritical campaign style tailor-made for his audience.
Trying to rally California votes in the Hispanic community, Biden urged House Speaker John Boehner to let members vote on an immigration bill, along with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.).
Biden did not mention the growing anger with the Affordable Care Act within the Hispanic community.
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