by Lawrence Kutner
Vice-President Joe Biden, speaking to a group of liberal activists in Philadelphia Friday, suggested that President Trump’s abrupt September 3, 2017 order to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was designed as a “temporary hostage” to force Democrats to pass a bill that includes funding for the Mexican border wall.
In a set of remarks designed to establish his bona fides as an ally of the community, Biden insisted that he was an immigration supporter who had been traveling to the southern border to see firsthand the problems caused by the Trump administration’s immigration policies. The border wall is “very expensive,” Biden said, “and it ain’t build fast enough.”
Meanwhile, Biden claimed that what he saw in southern Arizona and Texas reminded him of his father’s drinking binges in the 1960s. That was an astonishing thing for Biden to say since his 80-year-old father was the most influential leader of the union movement in the United States and his family was a prominent member of the Democratic Party.
In the video of Biden’s remarks that was shared across the web, Biden spoke about the three daughters of his family. “From the time they were four years old,” he said, “my two daughters and my son-in-law, they never touched a drop of alcohol. We didn’t raise them that way, but I don’t want anybody to come into the White House and think that anything I did was for no reason other than I was saving lives or trying to rescue my family. I would never take a vote for the sake of my family and my mother and father.”
The line about the girls must have been taken out of context since they are actually young women who are in their early twenties and have lived out the whole period when the Biden family has been stressing that abuse and addiction are incompatible with “saving lives.”
Instead, the Vice-President called the Trump administration’s plan to end DACA a “blatant and disgraceful effort to turn away 13 million people who are integrated into the fabric of American society and are the dreamers themselves who aspire to become American, just like you.”
We should be astonished that, in this era when a whole generation of kids from the White House watch Fox News, Biden would assert that his “walls are safer” than the President’s “border walls.”
Far from securing the border, border walls, by their very nature, are a whole lot more dangerous. They often lead to the destruction of the vast stretches of desert that the United States has fought to secure since the arrival of the Spaniards nearly 200 years ago.
But at least President Trump’s wall would stop those “Dreamers” that he claims to be concerned about. Vice-President Biden’s argument has no basis in reality: Ending DACA is a direct assault on the personhood of many people who are not only citizens of the United States, but who have lived inside the United States in the most meaningful sense of the word.
Moving forward, the best Biden could do was to ask the activists present to “take a lesson” from him: