“Right now, you’ve got the president and I and a lot of Democrats out there breaking our neck trying to get a real immigration law that takes millions of people out of the shadows, making sure that ‘Dreamers’ don’t have to go back in many cases to countries they’ve never been,” Biden said in the Tuesday interview.
GOP members are contrasting this latest statement with the president’s comments at a Univision forum in September. Obama said failing to pass immigration reform was his biggest failure. He took full responsibility for not addressing immigration and instead focusing on health care. However, the president also said that he blamed GOP members of Congress for blocking his immigration agenda.
In Biden’s Tuesday interview he also urged Latino voters to send a message to the GOP by voting for Obama and Biden, who would push for immigration reform. Biden said that if Latinos turned out big numbers on election day, it would make their voices known.
“If the Latino vote comes out, the Hispanic vote comes out and changes the election, all of a sudden those guys who paid no attention to you, no attention to the Hispanic community, no attention to the Latino community. All of a sudden they’re going to say, ‘Oh my Lord I guess we better get in line with the president. I guess we better start moving in the direction of paying attention to this incredible, this incredible pool of talent we have out there. So this is a chance to gain influence that’s almost disproportionate to the impact that you may have directly in the election.”