Vice President Joe Biden spoke at the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies’ gala on May 8, and said that he hopes for immigration reform legislation to be completed by the end of the summer. He emphasized the importance of maintaining dignity throughout the nation as the decisions come to a close, and said that there are still many discussions that the Senate must have to come up with a respectful decision.
“There are a lot of tough decisions that have to be made,” Biden said in his speech. “In some countries, that means, as we say in this country, that the elites have to pay their fair share, pay for the police in the streets and the basic services for the poor. In other places it means taking on corruption head on. In the United States, that means reforming our immigration system – 11 million undocumented men, women and children being able to come out of the shadows and be full participants in American life.”
Biden said that he was committed to a “genuine immigration reform,” one that would “dignify” all of the different nationalities of the immigrants who want U.S. citizenship. Biden recently announced that he is heading to Brazil and Colombia soon to support President Barack Obama in the mission to get Latin American nations on board with building trade with the United States and stabilizing the economy. Obama and Biden are hopeful that these tactics will help strengthen border security.
The Senate will meet on May 9 to begin amending the immigration bill, and supporters hope that it won’t get too much opposition from conservatives. According to CNN, conservative leaders released a joint statement on May 9 that pushes support for the bill and calls it “an important starting point.”