In a clear shift to the left, former Vice President Joe Biden pledged to put a hold on all deportations during his first 100 days in office and to then only remove illegal aliens who have committed a felony.
Biden participated in a CNN town hall event in Nevada on Thursday night, just days before the state heads to the polls for the Democratic presidential primary. While speaking on the issue of immigration, the former vice president said, if he is elected to the White House, he will pause all deportations in his first 100 days in office — an apparent change in position from his previous statements.
“Some of you are going to get mad at me with this, but nobody is going to be deported in my first 100 days until we get through the point we find out the only rationale for deportation will be whether or not, whether or not you have committed a felony while in the country,” Biden said Thursday.
Biden then said there were immigrant families afraid to go to the doctor or attend church, believing that they might be arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for living in the U.S. illegally.