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Hispanic Leaders Say Obama-Biden Era Was ‘Terrible’ & Biden Must Own It

These leaders say Biden needs to atone for 3 million deportations that took place on his watch as vice president.

By NTK Staff | 07.12.2019 @9:33am
Hispanic Leaders Say Obama-Biden Era Was ‘Terrible’ & Biden Must Own It

Leaders from the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) sharply criticized former Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday for failing to address mass deportations that took place during the Obama administration.

At the heart of Biden’s presidential campaign is his close ties to former President Barack Obama. Observers would be hard pressed to find a speech delivered by Biden that did not directly reference the former president.

But that messaging is backfiring among some Hispanic groups.

But when it comes to Latinos and immigration, Biden is learning that the Obama defense doesn’t do the trick: The former Democratic administration’s mass deportations of 3 million people provoked fear and fury in the community at the time, and the bad taste has lingered even with Donald Trump in the White House.

“Biden needs to be accountable,” said Joe Enriquez Henry, vice president of the Midwestern region of League of United Latin American Citizens, which is meeting for its annual convention here this week. “Biden needs to make it clear, if he wants to be president, that he has compassion and understanding and he needs to ask for forgiveness.”

Enriquez Henry, who is mobilizing Latinos to influence the Iowa caucuses, called the “major deportations” under Obama’s presidency a “terrible time” for Latinos and that Biden “needs to do his penance.”

Others were even more direct, like LULAC President Domingo Garcia.

“The Obama and Biden administration were terrible in their first term,” Garcia said to Politico. “His title of deporter in chief was earned.”

And while many of Biden’s 2020 rivals are hesitant to aggressive criticize Obama, at least one who worked in the administration is not. Julian Castro, who served as Obama’s secretary for Housing and Urban Development, said Obama and Biden went too far on immigration.

“I have learned the lessons of the past. It seems like Vice President Biden hasn’t,” Castro said.

And while Hispanic leaders defended Biden, arguing they should not be spending their time litigating the past, Castro said it’s “inevitable” that Biden will have to directly address the 3 million deportations that took place during the Obama era.

And if there’s one thing that Biden’s “segregationist” comments taught us last month, it’s that he doesn’t do apologies very well.

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