Biden: DACA Enrollees 'Are Americans Now'

By Susan Jones | November 12, 2019 | 6:25am EST
Former Vice President Joe Biden (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)
Former Vice President Joe Biden (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

( - Young people brought to this country illegally are already Americans -- "They are Americans now!" -- former Vice President Joe Biden told a CNN town hall in Iowa Monday night.

Biden, now making his third run for president, spoke one day before the U.S. Supreme Court takes up a case involving the Trump administration’s attempt to end Obama's DACA program.

An audience member asked Biden, "What are your plans to address DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)?"

“They are Americans now. They should be treated as Americans now. No, I really mean it," Biden responded, as the audience applauded.

What I don't get -- I don't get, and I met hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of DACA students. What they don't get, what this outfit (administration) doesn't get -- can you imagine, you're nine years old and mom is going to take you across the line, across the border illegally, and you're going, 'No, Mom. Leave me here. Leave me, I'm going to stay.'

Come on, man! What are we talking about? We're going to send these children back to places they don't have any idea about? Many of them don't even speak the language anymore? It's bizarre. They are Americans now. They should be treated that way, and we should find a pathway for citizenship for the rest of the folks.

President Obama's Homeland Security Department, by virtue of a memo issued in 2012, deferred deportation and granted work permits to around 700,000 illegal aliens under the age of 30 who were brought to this country as children, and therefore "lacked the intent to violate the law."

But what the Obama administration accomplished by executive action, the Trump administration has been unable to undo by executive action because of adverse court rulings.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California. At issue, according to ScotusBlog:

(1) Whether the Department of Homeland Security’s decision to wind down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy is judicially reviewable; and (2) whether DHS’s decision to wind down the DACA policy is lawful.

President Trump tweeted on Tuesday morning: "Many of the people in DACA, no longer very young, are far from 'angels.' Some are very tough, hardened criminals. President Obama said he had no legal right to sign order, but would anyway. If Supreme Court remedies with overturn, a deal will be made with Dems for them to stay!

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