Biden Wants To Close Down Detention Centers For Illegal Immigrants

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Mary Margaret Olohan Social Issues Reporter

Former Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday that detention centers for illegal immigrants should be closed down.

Biden spoke at a Thursday town hall in South Carolina where he was asked what he would do about detention centers designated for illegal immigrants.

“Close them down…we don’t need them!” Biden responded, according to a video tweeted by a member of the Trump campaign. (RELATED: Immigrant Activists Storm Biden Headquarters, Demand He Apologize For Deportations)


Biden’s comments align him with other progressive Democratic 2020 presidential candidates who say they wish to get rid of immigrant detention citizens.

New Jersey Democratic Sen. Cory Booker has said that he will  “virtually eliminate immigration detention” while Democratic California Sen. Kamala Harris has said she will “get rid of the private detention centers,” according to Newsweek.

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 05: Former Vice President Joe Biden waves to supporters at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Construction and Maintenance conference on April 05, 2019 in Washington, DC. Former Vice President Joe Biden on Friday called President Donald Trump a "tragedy in two acts" for the way he characterizes people and is consumed with personal grievances. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – APRIL 05: Former Vice President Joe Biden waves to supporters April 05, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

Democratic Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ wife and senior adviser said that “the first thing—one of the first things that he says he’ll do as president—the first executive action he’ll take is to shut these down, to shut down the child detention centers across the country,” according to the Guardian.

Democratic Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren told Medium in an op-ed that she plans to “end mass incarceration and all of the unnecessary, cruel, and punitive forms of immigration detention that have taken root in the Trump Administration.”

Biden’s words also move away from the more moderate position he took on immigration during the 2020 Democratic presidential debates when he told Former HUD Secretary Julian Castro that it is illegal for people to cross the border illegally.

“I have guts enough to say his plan doesn’t make sense,” Biden told Castro. “The fact of the matter is that, in fact, when people cross the border illegally, it is illegal to do it unless they’re seeking asylum. People should have to get in line. That’s the problem.”

The Biden campaign did not respond to a request for comment from the Daily Caller News Foundation.

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