A 2006 video discovered by KFile of CNN, reveals Joe Biden commenting on “corrupt Mexico” and the “tons” of drugs coming from that country, as well as criticizing American companies for knowingly hiring “illegals,” defending the construction of a barrier at the southern U.S. border, and slamming sanctuary cities.
The speech shows the then-senator giving a speech in a South Carolina rotary club, explaining his vote on the Secure Fence Act, which authorized the construction of 700 miles of fencing between U.S. and Mexico, reported The Hill.
“I voted for a fence, I voted, unlike most Democrats—and some of you won’t like it—I voted for 700 miles of fence,” said Biden in the 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. Unless you do those two things, all the rest is window dressing.”
“Now, I know I’m not supposed to say it that bluntly, but they’re the facts, they’re the facts,” Biden continued. “And so everything else we do is in between here. Everything else we do is at the margins. 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. And let me tell you something, folks, 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.”
BREAKING: New @KFILE report: Biden once spoke about jailing employers who hire “illegals,” said sanctuary cities shouldn’t be allowed to violate federal law, and argued a fence was needed stop “tons” of drugs coming into the country from “corrupt Mexico” https://t.co/WNxb3SOuLx
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In a recent campaign stop in California, Biden responded to a reporter who asked if he thought “law-abiding” illegals should get federal benefits.
“I think that anyone who is in a situation where they’re in need of health care, regardless of whether they are documented or undocumented, we have an obligation to see that they are cared for,” replied Biden. “That’s why I think we need more clinics around the country.”
Joe Biden says the US should provide healthcare to people “regardless of whether they are documented or undocumented.” pic.twitter.com/19La4DEtXK
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“By the way, a significant portion of undocumented folks in this country are there because they’ve overstayed their visas,” the former vice president said. “It’s not people breaking down gates coming across the border, so the biggest thing we got to do on this thing is just tone down the rhetoric. We know why it’s happening. It’s to create fear and concern.”
However, that statement differs from the official data Customs and Border Protection (CBP) shows, they detained 109,144 migrants in April, constituting a 5 percent increase from March. It’s also the highest monthly figure since 2007.
Another instance that contributes to the stark difference between the 2006 chameleonic rhetoric of Biden is when in 2014, while vice president, said that illegal aliens are “already Americans” during a speech in Washington to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
“You know, 11 million people live in the shadows. I believe they’re already American citizens,” Biden said, reported The Hill. “These people are just waiting, waiting for a chance to contribute fully. And by that standard, 11 million undocumented aliens are already Americans, in my view.”
Epoch Times reporter Janita Kan contributed to this report.