Biden urges Republicans to help pass immigration reform
Biden: I don’t want to become confrontational, but we need more Senate Republicans to join the overwhelming majority of Democratic colleagues and close the loopholes required a background check purchases of guns. We need a ban on assault weapons and high capacity magazines. Don’t tell me it can’t be done. We did it before and it worked. Talk to most responsible gun owners and hunters, they’ll tell you there’s no possible justification for having 100 rounds in a weapon. What do you think they’re wearing Kevlar vests?
It was. I’ll tell you that there are too many people today who are able to buy a gun but shouldn’t be able to buy. These kinds of reasonable reforms have overwhelming support from the American people, including many gun owners. The country supports reform this and Congress should act, this shouldn’t be a red or blue issue. And no amendment to the Constitution is absolute. You can’t yell fire in a crowded theater from the very beginning. There are certain guns, weapons that could not be owned by Americans.
Certain people could not own those weapons ever. We’re not changing the Constitution. We’re being reasonable, I think this is not a Democrat or Republican issue, I think it’s an American issue. Here’s what else we can do. Immigration has always been essential to America. Let’s end our exhausting war with immigration. For more than 30 years, politicians have talked about immigration reform and we’ve done nothing about it. It’s time to fix it. On day one of my presidency.
I kept my commitments in a comprehensive immigration bill to the United States Congress. If you believe we need to secure the border, pass it because it has a lot of money for high tech border security. If you believe in a pathway to citizenship. Pass it. Over 11 million undocumented folks, the vast majority of here overstaying visas pass it. We can actually if you actually want to solve a problem, I’ve sent a bill to take a close look at it.
We also have to get at the root problem of why people are fleeing, particularly to our southern border from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, the violence, the corruption, the gangs, the political instability, hunger, hurricanes, earthquakes, natural disasters. When I was president. My president, when I was vice president, president, asked me to focus on providing help needed to address the root causes of migration. And it helped keep people in their own countries instead of being forced to leave.
The plan was working with the last administration, decided it was not worth it. I’m restoring the program, and I asked Vice President Harris to lead our diplomatic effort to take care of this. I have absolute. If you don’t like my plan. Let’s at least pass what we all agree on. Congress needs to pass legislation this year to finally secure protection for dreamers. Only new Americans, their home. And. Permanent protection for immigrants who are here on temporary protected status, who came from countries beset by manmade and natural made violence and disaster.
As well as a pathway to citizenship for farmworkers who put food on our table. Look. And events have done so much for America during this pandemic and throughout our history. The country supports immigration reform. We should act, let’s argue over it, let’s debate it, but act.