Oh, Goody: Joe Biden Promises Amnesty Bill Within His First 100 Days
Four years ago, Americans poured into the voting booths across this country to deliver one of the most shocking upsets in U.S. presidential history, giving Hillary Clinton the shaft in favor of a candidate whose most recognizable campaign promise was to “build the wall.” If that didn’t speak to how fed up this country is with the scourge of illegal immigration, we’re not sure what sort of message would be needed.
Nonetheless, it appears that our incoming president is determined to undo any positive progress we’ve made on that front; in an interview with NBC News this week, Joe Biden promised to send an amnesty deal for “over 11 million” illegal aliens to the Senate within his first 100 days.
“Some of it’s going to depend on the kind of cooperation I can or cannot get from the United States Congress,” Biden told Lester Holt on Tuesday night. “But I am going, I made a commitment, in the first 100 days, I will send an immigration bill to the United States Senate with a pathway to citizenship for over 11 million undocumented people in America.”
Imagine this being a president’s priority at a time when we need all hands on deck to save the economy from a coronavirus crash. Imagine this being Biden’s first order of business at a time when nearly 25 million Americans are looking for work. While these Americans remain either unemployed or underemployed, Biden is going to push forward legislation that will force them to compete with a steady flow of foreign labor that can be maximized by corporations who have been fighting the Trump administration tooth and nail for four years.
But Biden made it clear to Holt that he’s not going to be the moderate Democrat he tried to present himself as on the campaign trail. Asked about adding people like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren to his cabinet, Biden said: “We already have significant representation among progressives in our administration, but there’s nothing really off the table. But one thing is really critical, taking someone out of the Senate, taking someone out of the House, particularly a person of consequence, is a really difficult decision that would have to be made. I have a very ambitious, very progressive agenda, and it’s going to take really strong leaders in the House and Senate to get it done.”
Well, if Biden, Pelosi, and Schumer think this election was some sort of progressive statement by America, they may want to take another look at the results and think again. If they spend the next two years trying to remake America in AOC’s image, they’re going to get a mighty surprise in the next election.