Vice President Joe Biden assured Hispanic leaders that President Barack Obama will take action on immigration. According to the Associated Press, Biden added that the president is committed to establishing a solution for immigration reform.
Biden made the statement at a Hispanic Heritage Month reception that he hosted with his wife, Jill. During the event, the vice president called Hispanic education administrators and counselors “heroes in the classroom and community,” the AP reported. Biden noted that one in four students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade are Hispanic and that it’s this community that will play a major role in the future of the U.S.
According to The Washington Times, the vice president said he understood the frustrations regarding the Obama administration’s delay on taking executive action on immigration reform. The president is expected to provide relief from deportations and create a pathway to citizenship for thousands of undocumented immigrants living in the U.S.
“I know you’re all waiting and you’re frustrated,” Biden said in his speech. “The president’s going to do it, and he’s going to do an awful lot.”
President Obama was expected to announce executive action on immigration at the end of the summer. However, he said he will delay doing so until after Congressional elections are held in November.
“Watch when this election is over, watch what happens when all of a sudden our friends in the other team realize their prospects for future electoral success hinge upon acting rationally,” he said in his speech. “They will either act rationally, or we will act for them. And if we have to act for them, they will not be around a whole lot longer to act in large numbers.”
Biden emphasized the importance of acting on immigration to repair the nation’s broken system.