Vice President Joe Biden, speaking at the 43rd Annual Washington Conference on the Americas on Wednesday, decided to use a word closely associated with him when he discussed why immigration reform was so dear to him.
And the word was…dignity.
Joe “They’re going to put y’all back in chains” Biden decided that amnesty and dignity go hand-in-hand:
There are a lot of tough decisions that have to be made. In some countries, that means, as we say in this country, that the elites have to pay their fair share, pay for the police in the streets and the basic services for the poor. In other places it means taking on corruption head on. In the United States, that means reforming our immigration system – 11 million undocumented men, women and children being able to come out of the shadows and be full participants in American life. Granting them the dignity — my father would say, “It’s all about dignity’ – granting them the dignity and respect that they deserve. Without doing that, it’s hard to make the case in my view to 600 million people in the hemisphere that we genuinely respect you all, but we do not show respect for 11 million people – people here in America who hail from the very countries we talk about… I don’t know how that’s done. I don’t know how that’s done, that’s why we are absolutely committed to genuine immigration reform.
With tens of thousands of hard-working Americans out of work, it might be nice for Biden to think of the dignity lost by everyday Americans when others break the law.