Durbin on Biden Immigration Plan: ‘Can’t Revert’ to Belief That ‘Immigrants Are Enemies’

Durbin on Biden Immigration Plan: ‘Can’t Revert’ to Belief That ‘Immigrants Are Enemies’

February 4, 2021

Wednesday on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Sen. Dick Durbin claimed that President Joe Biden is trying to “reconcile” the “horrible chapter in American history” of the Trump administration’s immigration policies, in which children were purportedly “forcibly” removed from their mothers at the border.

“[T]he first thing [Biden is] trying to do is to reconcile this horrible chapter in American history in which we will spend decades trying to live down — the zero-tolerance program, where the Trump administration forcibly, physically removed babies, infants and toddlers from mothers at the border and separated them, sending them off into a bureaucracy with no accountability,” Durbin stated. “It took literally months, sometimes years, for us to locate them and to try to establish where they came from, where their parents might be. And we’re still in that pursuit.

“Joe Biden — I know him as a person — takes this to his heart, and he’s doing everything he can to reunite those families as quickly as possible,” Durbin continued. “But we have to come up with an immigration policy that reflects our values, who we are as Americans: a nation of immigrants. We have to do this in a humane way and a just way, and we can’t revert to the Stephen Miller version of history, which says that immigrants are enemies. They are our friends; they are part of America’s past and will be part of its future.”

Stephen Miller and Donald Trump never claimed or believed that immigrants are America’s enemies. The Trump administration simply aimed to tighten the borders against illegal immigration and potential terrorists. By contrast, the Biden administration will throw open our borders to mass, indiscriminate immigration that will collapse our economy and make the country far less safe.

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