Joe Biden Says DACA Recipients Are ‘More American Than Most Americans’

As senators are forced to remain in Washington, D.C., sitting through President Trump’s impeachment trial, former Vice President Joe Biden is on the campaign trail telling American citizens that immigrants are more American than they are.

Immigrants who illegally came into the country and are protected from deportation under former President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) are “more American than most Americans,” Biden said during a rally in Iowa.

“These kids have come, they’ve done well, most of these kids — there’s a lot of them . . . they in fact have done very, very well,” Biden said per the National Review. “In many cases, they’re more American than most Americans are because they have done well in school. They believe the basic principles that we all share. I think they should, in fact, put on a path to citizenship.”

The Daily Caller reports:

DACA, which former President Barack Obama enacted through executive order, defers deportation for illegal immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children.

Biden unveiled an immigration plan in December 2019 that included a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants. Biden said at a campaign event Jan. 7 that illegal aliens would have to learn English before qualifying for citizenship.

The National Review adds:

Biden, who earlier this week said he would fire any ICE agent attempting to deport illegal immigrants who had not committed a felony, has been an outspoken defendant of former president Barack Obama’s immigration record.

“We didn’t lock people up in cages. We didn’t separate families. We didn’t do all of those,” the former vice president said during the September Democratic debate. In November, the U.N. revealed that Obama held over 100,000 illegal immigrant children in detention in 2015.

Watch Biden’s comments below:

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Despite the dig at “most Americans,” Biden is continuing to collect endorsements from Iowan politicians.

CBS News reports:

Biden’s campaign has also been touting his endorsements in Iowa. In their past three rural bus tours in December, former Governor Tom Vilsack and his wife, Christie, attended almost every one. Tom Vilsack, the highest-profile Democrat in Iowa, closed his events and brought the house down. Voters say the Vilsacks’ endorsement is a huge draw. They describe Tom Vilsack the same way they describe Biden — as “a good man.”

The other two major endorsements here are former Secretary of State John Kerry and 2004 Democratic caucus winner — a big draw to political watchers here in the state. He also boosts Biden’s messaging on foreign policy. And finally, Representative Abby Finkenauer, who is traveling with Biden throughout her district and the adjacent ones, represents a push to bring in younger voters, a cohort which polling indicates is Biden’s weak spot. Her conservative district is one of the Obama districts that voted for Donald Trump in 2016. The Biden campaign hopes her endorsement boosts Biden’s message for bipartisanship and capturing “swing” voters.