Joe Biden vows to protect US from large-scale immigration raids

by Colin Jackson Vice President Joe Biden said on Tuesday that he would protect the US from large-scale immigration enforcement actions in sanctuaries for immigrants in the country illegally. Biden’s remarks came as he…

Joe Biden vows to protect US from large-scale immigration raids

by Colin Jackson

Vice President Joe Biden said on Tuesday that he would protect the US from large-scale immigration enforcement actions in sanctuaries for immigrants in the country illegally.

Biden’s remarks came as he was addressing the Board of Control for Major League Baseball at the New York Mets’ Citi Field in Queens, New York, and ahead of the World Series, which starts on Wednesday.

“We can’t just tear families apart any more,” Biden said. “We can’t permit the use of our sanctuary cities to harbor criminals.”

“I know you all understand the most significant issue that faces our country today is our broken immigration system.”

Biden also said he would also press Congress to create a path to citizenship for Dreamers, the young undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children.

“(He) even offered his personal guarantee that every single Dreamer who seeks citizenship will get it,” the vice president said.

Earlier, the Los Angeles Times newspaper reported that Brennan, a Queens district attorney who opposes ICE enforcement in local courthouses, used his official time to draft an email to representatives of the Department of Homeland Security arguing against the agency’s approach to immigration enforcement.

The New York Daily News reported that lawyers for the New York City Sheriff’s Office received an email on Monday, a day before Biden spoke, from Alice Munter, a former district attorney, at which she writes that “the concept of a sanctuary city, and the possible defeat of President Trump’s new Executive Order on immigration enforcement or at least a major revision, is becoming a major campaign issue.”

Biden mentioned the threatened budget deal with President Donald Trump as another barrier in the immigration reform.

“Dems need to go clear and hardcore with how desperate they are to pass immigration reform,” Biden wrote in the email. “They need to rip up their proposed budget that is based on an immigration deal that goes farther to build a wall and increase ICE funding than we do.”

In a tweet, New York City mayor Bill de Blasio responded that his city was a “welcoming city” and that Biden’s attack on it was wrong.

“President Trump & @realDonaldTrump are also trying to bully & intimidate our city and I will not let them,” de Blasio tweeted. “We’re a welcoming city and we are not going to take these types of attacks & attacks on our communities lying down.”

Biden has been a passionate advocate of those living in the country illegally, and a critic of Trump’s efforts to curb immigration.

De Blasio, whose city will welcome some 900,000 illegal immigrants this year, has been fighting for immigrant rights in his own way. He recently ordered a moratorium on law enforcement deporting non-criminal migrants in a “pause” to the city’s enforcement policies after Immigration and Customs Enforcement threatened to ramp up its raids.

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