Biden, in Mexico, says US needs to bring 11 million ‘out of shadows’

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Vice President Joe Biden traveled to Mexico last week to put an economic spin on the administration’s push for amnesty for 11 million undocumented aliens here, saying the effort will “shape the future of my country for the next 10, 20, 30, 40 years.”

“With regard to immigration, let me make two things absolutely clear,” Biden said Friday at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. “It is not only from the perspective of the President, myself and the American people a matter of justice, respect, and according dignity to all people to bring 11 million undocumented men, women, and children out of the shadows, but it’s also overwhelmingly in the self-interest, the economic self-interest of the United States.”

“Out of the shadows” being terminology advocates have used to describe a policy that would legalize illegal aliens and allow them to eventually become U.S. citizens, according to CNS News.

Saying this “is a different day,” Biden said President Obama is deeply invested in a partnership that goes beyond drugs, security and immigration, and urged the two countries to develop a stronger economic partnership that can move “more people, goods and information across our border.”

“I wanted to be here with you because my country’s foreign policy is about more than dealing with threats, as we are dealing with in the Middle East,” said Biden. “It’s also about partnerships–partnerships that we believe, the President and I, are literally going to shape the future for my country for the next 10, 20, 30, 40 years.”

Like most things with an administration that seems to thrive in “crisis mode,” the vice president warned it was crucial to “seize the opportunity” of moving forward on this partnership now.

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