2020 Democrat Joe Biden used his victory speech after a strong Super Tuesday performance to tell the more than 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States that he will deliver them a “pathway” to citizenship as president.
“Veterans, ‘Dreamers,’ single moms — and by the way, every ‘Dreamer,’ have hope because I’m coming, and you’re not going anywhere,” Biden said in front of a crowd of supporters in Los Angeles. “We’re going to provide a pathway, a pathway for 11 million citizens.”
The former vice president has taken heat from many in his party for his involvement in the Obama administration’s deportation of three million illegal immigrants, which herecently describedas a “big mistake.”
“The point is there was too many,” he said earlier this month. “I saw the pain in the eyes of so many people who saw their families being deported. I know what it’s like to lose family members. It was painful. … It wasn’t until 2012 that we began to get it right with the DACA program and trying very much in 2014 to expand that and moving in the right direction.”
Biden alsoclaimedon the campaign trail that many illegal immigrants were “more American” than U.S. citizens “because they have done well in school.”
His speech Tuesday night followed victories in several key Super Tuesday primary states, including Texas, Massachusetts, and Minnesota, which catapulted his campaign back into the front of the Democratic field.