July 17th, 2014
07:25 PM ET
9 years ago

Biden applauds protesters at his own speech

(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden appeared to embrace some protesters Thursday who loudly criticized the Obama administration's record of deportations.

About 20 minutes into his speech at the progressive Netroots Nation conference in Detroit, Biden was interrupted by demonstrators in the audience who repeatedly chanted “Stop deporting our families.”

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He paused to try to hear what they were saying, then nodded once he seemed to understand their chants.

"Let's take this one issue at a time, OK?" he said, pausing again. "I respect your view and I share your view, but let me take these issues one–"

He paused again, as the protesters continued to chant and some in the audience applauded in solidarity.

“We should clap for those young people, because if you were a member of a family,” Biden said before cutting himself off, “we should clap for them.”

Biden then briefly joined the audience in applause.

“Can you imagine the pain, the anxiety of coming home every day wondering whether or not your mother or father will still be there?" he said. "Can you imagine what it must feel like?”

Biden said "there's so much unfinished business" but pointed to the ballot box as the best way to "deal with the concern of those young people," as well as other rights that he says are at risk.

"Every country has to control its borders. We need a rational policy," he said, adding that immigrants "fuel America's dynamism."

President Barack Obama has directed his administration to reexamine its deportation policy after facing rising criticism from activists over the more-than two million undocumented immigrants who've been deported since he became president.

Obama encountered protests during a speech he gave in Austin last week. He said he would meet with the men who shouted at him afterward.

Biden, who's considering a presidential run and lags far behind Hillary Clinton in 2016 polls, used Thursday's speech to highlight his own stance on a number of issues important to progressives.

He outlined his push for an increase in the minimum wage, his support for the Affordable Care Act, and his role in helping negotiate a higher income tax rate on the nation's top income earners.

Filed under: Immigration • Joe Biden • Michigan • Netroots Nation
soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. O'drama Ya Mama

    Joe is starting to sound like hes finally got his tongue under control. Sounding like a real statesmen now.

    July 17, 2014 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |

    Seriously. He was clapping for the activists that are running the Obama administrations immigration policies. Its nebulous at best but we all know it evolving to the unspoken – open borders. Biden is for it, the queen of mean is for it and so is the majority of democrats.

    July 17, 2014 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  3. Rick McDaniel

    It feels like when someone robs you home.........because these illegals are robbing our country.

    July 17, 2014 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  4. Thomas

    Great sense of humor Joe .

    July 17, 2014 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  5. jed clampett

    We need to get rid of the low tax on unearned income. The one percenters are taking America to the cleaners on that one! Why should hard earned income be taxed at a higher rate than income earned with no effort at all?

    July 17, 2014 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  6. aaron

    Curious if anyone was screaming....Stop bringing your families here illegally!

    July 18, 2014 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  7. Rudy NYC

    "Go, Joe." It's too bad that he spent too much time in the Congress before he decided to run for POTUS.

    July 18, 2014 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  8. Name JK. SFL. THE GOP HOWDEE GOWDEE SHOW with special guest ISSA the CLOWN

    The GOP anti tax groups have been trying to STARVE the goverment programs for years. Did you hear DARTH CHENEY saying cut food stamps cut soc sec cut midicade and midicare BUT DONT CUT the MILITARY. Cheney, SHUT UP!!!!!

    July 18, 2014 09:18 am at 9:18 am |