Joe Biden is back on his apology tour after he pitched a couple of ideas to deal with the ongoing border crisis that did not resonate at all with Democratic voters.
Much has been said about the ongoing border crisis and the immigration debate, from allowing open borders to cutting immigration off completely and closing the border altogether.
Biden did not find himself at either extreme but said illegal immigrants in the United States already and those seeking entry ought to “get in line” and enter legally, Politico reports. He added that the U.S. was well within their right to “cherry-pick” who gets to enter the country, specifically talking about high-skilled workers and those with educational degrees.
For his part, he is advocating for immigration policies that have been implemented for decades, under Trump and former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton.
But, if the 2020 presidential election has shown one thing, it is that Democratic presidential candidates have to continue to shift further and further to the Left if they hope to appease more vocal members of their base.
“The campaign quickly embarked on damage control,” Politico reports, concerning fallout of Biden’s comments. “Aides assuaged aggrieved activists, and Biden had a closed-door meeting with Latino leaders in San Diego before his speech at the UnidosUS conference last week.”
Here’s more from Politico:
“It is unacceptable for a candidate vying to be the Democratic nominee for POTUS to use language like that used by VP Biden when talking about immigration during the second debate,” said Mayra Macías, executive director of Latino Victory. “We immediately reached out to the campaign and were told it was being addressed.”
Activists view the “get in line” language as a dodge invoked by immigration hard-liners. They argue that it’s used to obscure that there really is no practical “line” for many hopeful migrants from Latin America to stand in if they don’t have an employer or family member sponsoring their immigration. And Biden’s line about advanced degrees, they say, deemphasizes family reunification and has a racial component as well.
When Biden uttered the words “get in line,” Macías said, “my phone started blowing up” with messages and calls from other activists about his rhetoric.
Biden may also be looking to walk a fine line between appeasing far-Left members of the Democrat Party while also looking electable to the bulk of American Independents, a requirement in the general election.
“We’re only going to go as far left as we have to,” a Latino supporter of Biden’s said via Politico. “We’re looking at November 2020, but we know we have to deal with the primary. So it’s a tightrope for sure.”
Here’s even more per the report:
One top Biden surrogate, former Labor secretary and current Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis, said his “get in line” remark was just a poor choice of words.
“I think he has to rephrase and pivot,” Solis said. “I know the man is compassionate and, more importantly, he has a record.”
She added that Hispanic voters care most about health care and greatly benefit from Obamacare, which Biden has pledged to protect and improve.
The importance of the Hispanic vote will come to bear Feb. 22, when Nevada, where about 15 percent of the Democratic voters are Hispanic, holds the third nominating contest in the nation. Ten days later, California and Texas voters will cast ballots on Super Tuesday, after which 70 percent of the Latino vote will have weighed in. Hispanic voters also will be crucial in swing states Florida and Nevada in November.