Former vice president and Democrat presidential primary candidate Joe Biden supported President Trump’s “America First” immigration agenda that builds a wall along the United States-Mexico border and bans employers from hiring illegal aliens over American citizens back in 2006. His views have changed since then it would seem and dramatically.
In a November 2006 appearance at a South Carolina rotary club, Biden bragged about the fact that he supported funding and building a fence along the U.S.-Mexico border by voting for the Secure Fence Act of 2006. The legislation, at the time, promised to fund 700 miles of new fencing at the southern border to end illegal immigration. Biden wanted a 40-story fence to keep drugs from Mexico out.
Joe Biden also strongly supported mandatory nationwide E-Verify, which would ban employers from hiring illegal aliens over American citizens, in the unearthed clip. He also called for employers violating this to be imprisoned. Ironically, both the fence and E-Verify are part of Trump’s immigration platform.
From Joe Biden:
“Folks, I voted for a fence, I voted, unlike most Democrats — and some of you won’t like it — I voted for 700 miles of fence. But, let me tell you, we can build a fence 40 stories high — unless you change the dynamic in Mexico and — and you will not like this, and punish American employers who knowingly violate the law when, in fact, they hire illegals. Unless you do those two things, all the rest is window dressing.”
CNN resurfaces Biden remarks calling for a border fence https://t.co/i510vd8MOe
FENCE is fine, NOT A wall.
— Ernest Espinosa (@TheBigHispanic) May 10, 2019
Biden was adamant over the fence being necessary at the southern border because of the enormous inflow of drugs coming from Mexico, a sentiment that has been a staple of Trump’s case for a border wall from the beginning:
“Now, I know I’m not supposed to say it that bluntly, but they are the facts, they are the facts. And so everything else we do is in between here, everything else we do is at the margins,” Biden said. “The reason why I add that parenthetically, why I believe the fence is needed, does not have anything to do with immigration as much as drugs.”
“And let me tell you something folks, people are driving across that border with tons, tons, hear me, tons of everything from byproducts for methamphetamine to cocaine to heroin and it’s all coming up through corrupt Mexico,” Biden said.
Is that the last thing he said? Did we put up that fence? Does he think we need more fence to keep people out? Does he think Mexico sends it's rapists and murderers?
— Omar Flores (@GohfR) May 10, 2019
“More than a decade later, now running for president, Biden has said he now supports “technological” capabilities at the U.S.-Mexico border, not a wall. Last month, Biden said:
“I’m not being a wise guy about the wall and the President, all that, for real, my word. But instead of building more barriers, if it’s drugs you’re talking about, we can take one-tenth of the amount of money we’re talking about building the wall and significantly increase the technological capability at legal ports of entry because that’s where 95% of all the stuff is coming through. [Emphasis added]
“The New York Times noted in 2011 how the so-called “virtual fence” with drones and increased technology that Biden now supports was such a failure under the Bush administration that the Obama administration ended the initiative.”
So? Most Americans agree. Unless you have a video of Biden promising Mexico would pay or saying the 1,900 miles needs a 30 foot wall costing many, many billions then I don’t see the point of this?
— Dean Auker (@AukerDean) May 10, 2019
CNN also stated that Biden’s previous comments are similar to Trump’s current positions on border security and sanctuary cities and that he could face backlash from some of his fellow Democratic opponents. Andrew Bates, a spokesman for Biden, said the former vice president wants border security but to get there without “abandoning our values.”
“As then-Senator Biden said at the time, ‘we can build a fence 40 stories high,’ but it will not address the real issues here. Vice President Biden believes we have to stop trying to scare people and instead have an immigration discussion based on facts,” Bates said. “He believes that we can secure our borders without abandoning our values and that we should do that by addressing the root causes of immigration abroad and working toward comprehensive immigration reform at home, including a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants and smart border security. He also believes that the Trump administration’s approach to immigration, including its crackdown on sanctuary cities and especially its repugnant treatment of migrant children, is contrary to our values as a nation.”
CAN’T BEAT TRUMP W/ LIGHTER VERSION OF TRUMP ALERT: In 2008 campaign @JoeBiden called 4 a fence to stop drugs from Mexico and JAILING employers who hire “illegals.” Of course, in January he was #FlipFlopJoe, responding to @cnn on Trump’s wall w/ “come on” https://t.co/DNOHTXXhAg
— Jordan (@JordanChariton) May 10, 2019
“Build the wall” – or the fence – is one of several controversial positions in Biden’s past, as he revealed in the video. “I’m the guy who wrote the crime bill, I’m the guy who wrote the national drug trafficking bill, I’m the guy who wrote the law that set up a drug czar,” he boasts later in the clip, referring to the notorious Clinton-era law that instituted draconian “three strikes” sentencing laws and toughened punishments for nonviolent drug offenders. Because of “three strikes,” American prisons are packed with (mostly black) men serving life sentences for offenses like marijuana possession that are no longer even considered crimes in many states. Biden’s support for NAFTA, the free trade agreement widely considered to have eviscerated the American middle class, also hasn’t aged well, particularly in light of his “Lunch-Bucket Joe” working-man persona.
Talk about virtue-signaling and sounding more like Trump in 2006 than one would ever think was possible… Biden’s flip-flopping stances are coming back to haunt him big time. This is the same Joe Biden who has accused Trump of using migrants’ illegal status “to demonize people” and called his immigration policy “one of the darkest moments in our history.” Which is it, Joe? Or do you even know anymore? His credibility is beyond shot.
BIDEN TRUMP SIMILARITIES:
TPP (Trump WAS against it), NAFTA
Pro: fracking, fossil fuels, Bailing out big banks, Wall St, Death penalty, Israel, AIPAC, profit prisons, Venezuela intervention
Anti: Green New Deal, closing Corp tax loopholes, $15 min wage, money out of politics +👇🏽 pic.twitter.com/oU6GTAGShZ
— Alysse (@essylapets) May 5, 2019
Many Democrats believed this until they realized they could use it as a weapon to help demonize Trump. You and the media know this. Bring more attention to all of the others, like the Clintons, Obama, Schumer, Pelosi, all of them
— Stan (@VintageStan) May 11, 2019
The Dem electorate is also a lot of folks of color who didn’t benefit from the crime and bankruptcy bills and NAFTA policies supported by Biden…
— IreneHLin (@IreneHLin) May 10, 2019