Former Vice President Joe Biden’s hypocrisy was on full display after a video resurfaced from more than a decade ago with him complaining about “illegals.”
In a clear departure from his current platform, the 2008 video from then-Senator Biden’s presidential campaign showed him expressing his fervent support of a 700-mile “fence” along the U.S. southern border and calling for harsh consequences for American employers who hire illegal immigrants.
“Folks, I voted for a fence,” Biden was heard saying at the event in the video, referring to the Secure Fence Act of 2006.
The law, signed by former President George W. Bush and supported by plenty of Democrats at the time, authorized the construction of 700 miles of fencing along part of the U.S.-Mexico border.
“I voted, unlike most Democrats ― and some of you won’t like it ― I voted for 700 miles of fence,” Biden said in the resurfaced video.
“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,” he continued. “Unless you do those two things, all the rest is window dressing.”
Biden insisted these were “the facts” and said his view on the need for the physical border barrier had more to do with illegal drugs than with immigration.
“Now, I know I’m not supposed to say it that bluntly, but they’re the facts, they’re the facts,” Biden told the crowd.
“And so everything else we do is in between here. Everything else we do is at the margins,” he said. “And 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.”
He then added that “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.”
The remarks are a far departure from current Democratic talking points and show how far Biden has gone in pandering to liberals. In his 2020 bid for the White House, the Democratic candidate has taken some heat for the Obama administration’s immigration policies and deportation record.
At a town hall in Las Vegas at the end of 2019, Biden vowed that “the idea that anyone will be deported without actually having committed a felony or serious crime is going to end in my administration.”
He has also promised a pathway to citizenship for the more than 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States known as “Dreamers.”
In a February interview with Univision anchor Jorge Ramos, Biden highlighted his proposals to expand legal immigration and end construction of a U.S.-Mexico border wall while building facilities at “legal points of entry.”
“Making sure we modernize crossings,” Biden explained, is different from “a wall that (Trump) wants from sea to shining sea.”
Biden’s comments in the newly resurfaced video generated plenty of reactions on social media.
well that’s a rather inconvenient truth
— Robert Stewart (@RDStewart123) April 27, 2020
Biden has drastically changed his position on every major issue of our time. He changes depending on the current political atmosphere. Trump is steady, never backing down. That’s a leader.
— Ellen Madrid (@EllenMadrid4) April 27, 2020
I KNOW HE DOESN’T REMEMBER THIS 🤣
— Imaginary Fiends™ (@FIENDSQUAD) April 27, 2020
Should make a great campaign spot for Trump!!! @Whitehouse
— Marcus Quidam (@UnasVeritas) April 28, 2020
Joe Biden used to be for building the wall, but once President Trump said, “Build the wall”, the Democrats started yelling, RACIST.
— Liza Hirsh (@HirshLiza) April 27, 2020
He’s been on all three sides of every issue, twice over the course of 49 years in politics.@JoeBiden stands for nothing and falls for everything or anything he thinks will get him elected.
— Alex Vallecillo (@21shooterr) April 28, 2020
He will get media coverage to say he evolved on the issue if a Republican says that the same media says you’re a flip flop.the country sees what’s happening we just need 270 electoral college points. Hopefully more Americans then less know how hard this president works FOR them
— legend44 (@drrc813_diana) April 28, 2020
Once a puppet, always a puppet.
— Brian Cummins (@BrianCu65204667) April 28, 2020