An interruption by protesters saw an annoyed Joe Biden respond with the words “you should vote for Trump,” when protesters brought up deportation records.
Deportations and Biden’s Stance
“In 2008 I was a volunteer for Obama because I had hope and I believed in the promises to the immigrant community. The fact is that over those eight years there were three million people who were deported and separated from their families,” Carlos Rojas, an immigration activist said, triggering Biden’s response:
“You should vote for Trump. You should vote for Trump,” the 2020 candidate said, only to be met with the activist from the Cosecha movement asking Biden to commit to stopping deportations.
“I will not stop all deportations. If you commit a crime, that’s a felony,” Biden said, sticking to his words, despite protesters getting louder and louder and more demanding in an effort to get Biden to say that he will stop deporting illegal immigrants.
“There will be no family separations under my … as president of the United States,” Biden said, hoping to ease the tensions in the hall.
Don Lemon, a CNN moderator, also asked Biden a question regarding deportation and the numbers over the years:
“In the first two years of the Obama administration nearly 800,000 immigrants were deported, far more than during President Trump’s first two years. Would the higher deportation rates resume if you were president?”
Biden’s response was that they absolutely would not increase if he were to become president, and instead, in another question, addressed the issue, saying a path to citizenship must be produced “for the 12 million undocumented people in the United States.”