Biden: 'On Day One...I'm Sending...a Bill to Provide a Path to Citizenship for 11 Million Undocumented People'

By Susan Jones | May 15, 2020 | 8:40am EDT
Democrat presidential hopeful former Vice President Joe Biden speaks in Philadelphia on March 10, 2020. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)
Democrat presidential hopeful former Vice President Joe Biden speaks in Philadelphia on March 10, 2020. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

( - If Joe Biden becomes president in January, he will make it possible for millions of people who came to this country illegally to compete against American citizens for jobs.

He will do that "on day one" by sending a bill to Congress to "provide a path to citizenship for 11 million undocumented people."

Biden, appearing on MSNBC's "The Last Word" with Lawrence O'Donnell Thursday night, was asked by a viewer, "How do you plan to change the immigration laws to accommodate specialized immigrants towards a fast-track immigration process?"

Biden responded:

By the way, number one, on day one, I'm sending, no matter what the state of this is, to the United States Congress a bill to provide for a path to citizenship for 11 million undocumented people, number one, in the United States.

Number two, every DACA student will be able to stay. You realize there are 40,000 DACA students out there who are providing the kind of help we're talking about right now in hospitals, as nurses' aides, as firefighters, I mean, across the board.

They're doing incredible things for us now. And the idea that we treat -- that the president has pitted us against one another based on our race, religion, national origin.

We are a land of immigrants. That's what's made us who we are. That's what makes us so resilient. That's what makes us so special.

And I promise you, it's a gigantic objective of mine to see to it that we make a -- that we have an immigration system that's consistent with our values and who we say we are, and it does not now. Donald Trump is absolutely violating every basic value we have.

O'Donnell followed up: "What about fast-tracking the immigration process for physicians, nurses, other medical personnel?"

"Yes, yes, and yes," Biden answered succinctly.

O'Donnell did ask one question about President Trump's former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn: "What was your involvement in the investigation of Michael Flynn and the FBI investigation of Michael Flynn?"

"I was never a part or had any knowledge of any criminal investigation into Flynn while I was in office, period. Not one single time," said Biden.

There was no follow-up from O'Donnell.

Biden's name appears on the long list of Obama administration officials who requested the unmasking of an American citizen who turned out to be Michael Flynn.

Biden also attended a January 5 meeting at the White House where President Obama brought up Flynn's conversation with the Russian ambassador and asked, according to Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, whether the "White House should be treating Flynn any differently," given Flynn's communication with Ambassador Kislyak.

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