When Democrats go to the polls in Nevada next week, a good portion of them will be Latinos. This will be the first primary with a significant Latino population. It also happens to be one Joe Biden absolutely needs to do well in if he intends to make it into Super Tuesday with a chance at the nomination.
It should come as no surprise that the former frontrunner, who has tried to paint himself as representing a third term of President Obama, would run away from the former president’s record on deportation. While President Trump gets lambasted by the press for deporting people, President Obama generally gets a free pass as his legacy seems to overshadow reality. But Univision anchor Jorge Ramos has pressed Biden about it in the past and did so again in an interview posted on Facebook, noting Biden supported the deportation of over three million illegal immigrants.
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“We took far too long to get it right,” Biden said before noting the benefits of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) executive order. He continued, “I think it was a big mistake. Took too long to get it right.”
Biden has tried to avoid the topic under most circumstances, but Ramos wasn’t going to let him escape this time. The interview was often confrontational as Biden tried to walk the line between invoking his former boss’s positive actions for illegal immigrants while denouncing his less-popular stances. It did not come across well at all.
Biden is fighting what increasingly seems to be a no-win situation. The ideology that made him popular within the Democratic Party in the past does not work well with the New Democratic Party, a party that has embraced concepts like open borders, abolishing ICE and CBP, and giving voting rights to non-citizens. He’s a relic of a time when there was still an ounce of common sense within his party.
Nevada is supposed to be a springboard for Joe Biden to reenter the race. But as he struggles to make the case that President Obama is still as popular as he was just a couple of years ago, so too do his polling numbers continue to plummet.