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Opening Arguments

"Already Americans"

Joe Biden doubles down on his "illigal immigrants are already Americans" assertion:

Vice President Joe Biden marked Cinco de Mayo, traditionally a celebration of Mexican culture, with an impassioned call for immigration overhaul.

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The vice president also reiterated his controversial stance that undocumented immigrants were “already Americans.”

“I know I was criticized for saying, a couple months ago in Florida, that these 11 million folks in the shadows are already Americans. And I got pretty roundly criticized for that. But you know, they are Americans. They may not be citizens, but they are Americans,” Biden said.

“The definition of Teddy Roosevelt, who said, ‘Americanism is not a question of birthplace or creed, or line of descent, it’s a question of principles, idealism and character.’ And I would argue that those 11 million folks who are here, breaking their neck, working hard, they are Americans,” he added.

By Biden's reasoning -- or rather, by his tortured interpretation of TR's reasoing -- any people anywhere are already Americans as long as they want to be; the only difference between them and the ones that actually cross our border is that they're less ambitious, apparently. So maybe we should just declare everybody in the world an American and be done with it. Talk about instant world peace!

Rand Paul had the best answer for this, when he was asked about Jeb Bush's "illegal immigrants come here as an act of love" comment:

“If I were to make the same point, I would say that people who seek the American dream are not bad people, but that doesn’t mean you can invite the whole world to come.”
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“But I think they worried that if love is the criteria, what does that mean?” Paul added. “That everybody who’s got some love for their relatives can come? You know, the whole world loves America, and they can’t all come.”

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“They come to this country and they’re not bad people,” he said. “But we have to start with the first part then that the border can’t be open, and everything that’s offered to American citizens can’t just be offered to the world. We have this enormous welfare state that we can’t pay for on our own, so we can’t invite the world to be on it.”

People everywhere may be "American in spirit," but that doesn't lessen our need to have sane immigration policies and control of our borders.
Oh, hell, I'm trying to make a rational point when it's Joe Biden we're talking about. What was I thinking?