Biden: Undocumented immigrants 'already American citizens'
March 27th, 2014
09:25 PM ET
4 months ago

Biden: Undocumented immigrants 'already American citizens'

Washington (CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden echoed the West Wing’s “we can’t wait” mantra Thursday, telling a crowd at the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Summit that “undocumented aliens” are already American citizens.

“You know, 11 million people that are living in the shadows. I believe they’re already Americans citizens,” Biden said. “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.”

Citing the contribution Hispanics have made to the American economy, Biden stressed the importance of passing immigration reform sooner rather than later, arguing, “It’s the single most significant thing we can do. It’s a game-changer financially for the country.”

To further his point, Biden argued that without immigration reform, America is losing thousands of engineers and scientists who earn PhD’s in American universities. “We should be stapling a green card to each and every one of those degrees as they walk across the stage. “

Biden, along with other speakers at the Washington event, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, argued for the immediate need to pass the current Senate immigration bill.

“Just this one act alone, if we pass the Senate bill, can extend Social Security solvency by two years.” Biden said. “Even Republicans think we should pass the Senate bill,” he later added.

Pelosi went even further saying, “It is more important to pass comprehensive immigration reform to me and to my caucus than to win the election in November.”

Earlier in the program, Biden boasted about his role in foreign policy.

“The President’s basically put me in charge of this hemisphere,” Biden joked. “I’m in and out of Latin America a lot in the hemisphere – meeting with every – I think I’ve met with almost every – head of state.”

Addressing the issue of immigration reform, a topic that also came up during a 50-minute private conversation between President Barack Obama and Pope Francis at the Vatican Thursday Biden acknowledged that immigration policy would play a key role in the United States’ foreign policy with Latin America.

“You know what, those of you engaged in international business get this, but I can tell you from my own experience dealing with the heads of state in Latin America, that immigration reform will have a profound impact on our foreign and economic policy in this hemisphere.”


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soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Thomas

    Why are we selling citizenship to Indians and Chines nationals for five hundred thousand dollars , and why do they then hold dual citizen ship ?

    Stop Selling our Nation !

    March 27, 2014 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  2. ED1

    You are so full of it that it makes me sick.

    All the Democrats want is more votes and give away programs if they are legal where are the taxes they paid.

    March 27, 2014 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  3. Would You Look at that

    You disgust me, biden.

    March 27, 2014 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  4. Jbawld1

    This guy is an idiot and the president is an idiot also. They are illegal, they did not come here lawfully. My wife came her lawfully and long before we met. There are other members of her family that did the same, came he legally. It is not fair to any American citizens or any immigrant that came here legally. Deport them, period, end of story. Focus on the ones that have gone through the process legally.

    March 27, 2014 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  5. Smitty

    All this stories with these poised pictures show just how defeated and worn out this admin is. Couldn't even open a website. Heaven help us.

    March 27, 2014 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  6. NYNJCT

    Who cares what the VP says?? I don't trust the VP any more.

    March 28, 2014 02:33 am at 2:33 am |
  7. @RI_Roger

    Two things... why do these Politian's keep talking about Hispanics getting the free pass (largest voting block) rather than all the other immigrants from other parts of the world that have gamed the system (rhetorical question). Can't we just enforce and strengthen the laws and visa requirements we already have (legitimate question)?

    Secondly, politician's pushing comprehensive immigration reform should be required to try to migrate to the country of their origin to see if they can obtain citizenship in the same manner they are proposing we swallow. When that happens, maybe I'll think differently about ILLEGAL immigration.

    March 28, 2014 06:57 am at 6:57 am |
  8. Rick McDaniel

    That comment should call for Biden's impeachment.

    That is the worst, most horrendous comment ever.......out of his brainless head.

    March 28, 2014 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  9. HenryMiller

    Biden can't be that dumb!

    Well, maybe he can...

    March 28, 2014 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  10. Enough is Enough

    Is Joe off of his meds again? How many liberals fall for this crap? Many of our elected leaders are fools...and they make us look even more foolish....

    March 28, 2014 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  11. rla

    Sorry Biden most of America knows they are illegal and a blight on our rule if law and our society..Shows how littlt you care for Citizens - zero as most likely they will vote you out of office this year

    March 28, 2014 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  12. just asking

    democrats plan: disband the border patrol, repeal/disregard all immigration laws, you get here you're a citizen. fly, walk, swim, take bus, get here and stop by the local 7-11 for your drive thru american passport.

    after all, this is the way it works everywhere else on the planet. why are we the only ones guarding borders and with laws about immigration? how totally mean and archaic. we must open our doors wide open and allow the rest of the world to stampede into this country at will. we can afford to take care of and pay for them all right?

    wake up america! for the love of god, wake up this november!! stop this democrat madness, this insanity.

    March 28, 2014 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  13. Rudy NYC

    just asking wrote:

    democrats plan: disband the border patrol, repeal/disregard all immigration laws, you get here you're a citizen. fly, walk, swim, take bus, get here and stop by the local 7-11 for your drive thru american passport. ... .... ...
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    Most of the people in this country illegally entered the country legally. It's people who enter with work visas and stay once their documents expire. It's people who come "to visit", but never go back home. Sure, there are folks sneaking in across the border, the vast majority of them do not make it. Besides, it costs less to enter legally than it does illegally. Only the most desparate try to cross the border illegally.

    March 28, 2014 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  14. Gunderson

    Well, Joe,
    If you tell a lie long enough finally it becomes the truth. It appears Joe don't know a lie from the truth. The American people by a margin of about 9 to 1 are not going to give Amnesty to any illegal. It disgusts me to see the Stories and Pictures of illegals marching and DEMANDING to become citizens. First you come to my country and then you want to tell me HOW TO RUN IT ! Sorry. If you want to become a citizen go back to your own country and get in line. Milions are already doing it. NO AMNESTY !!

    March 28, 2014 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  15. truth hurts but reality bites

    Well, Biden just crossed over the line from pandering to shear insanity. He may have gained a few Hispanic votes but their are millions of American citizens that will hear this statement and think he is totally unfit to lead this country. Unfortunately, he already is and that makes this statement all that much more insane, and dangerous.

    He can now officially say he will NOT be running for President in 2016.

    March 28, 2014 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  16. Rudy NYC

    truth hurts but reality bites

    Well, Biden just crossed over the line from pandering to shear insanity. He may have gained a few Hispanic votes but their are millions of American citizens that will hear this statement and think he is totally unfit to lead this country. Unfortunately, he already is and that makes this statement all that much more insane, and dangerous.
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    If what VP Biden is saying is correct, then Ted Cruz is eligible to be POTUS. Since you disagree with Biden's assertions, then you obviously feel that someone born in another country, and who has lived and worked in this country for years, or even decades, is not a citizen .... which means that Ted Cruz is not eligible to be POTUS, at least not for another 14 years.

    March 28, 2014 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  17. wise guy

    Just asking, straight Democratic ticket, oh yeah, and the bud loads of illegals I pick up @ home depot, state wide tour baby! Your funny, I know you desperately want everyone to hate as much as you, but, the last gop administration left us near dead, so I'm thinking they have nothing new to offer, and want you to believe the same policies will return different results, what's the definition of insanity, continue .

    March 28, 2014 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  18. Expat American

    As much as I support the President and Vice President on their other policies and even though I consider myself pretty liberal; on the immigration issue, if you want to build a better life for yourself in the United States as an American citizen, then you need to go through the proper legal process. There are many naturalized Americans and their extended families who have made that sacrifice (and the process is long, expensive and tedious at times). It is these truly 'immigrants' who are Americans, because they did it the right way.

    March 28, 2014 09:38 am at 9:38 am |