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Fact Check: Biden’s Past Border Security Stance Revisited

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In 2007, then-U.S. Sen. Joe Biden emphasized the importance of border security, proposing increased measures along the U.S.-Mexico border, including a partial border fence and more Border Patrol agents.

A recent viral video showed Biden’s remarks, which were found to be true.

“In 2007, Senator Joe Biden declared that no great nation has uncontrolled borders, warning that America must build a border fence and increase border agents to secure the nation against drugs, terror, and illegal immigration,” an X user wrote. (Trending: Anthony Fauci Questioned About Evidence Behind COVID Restrictions)

“It makes sense that no great nation can be in a position where they can’t control their borders. It matters how you control your borders. Not just for immigration. But it matters for drugs, terror [and] a whole range of other things,” Biden had said.

The post also criticized Biden’s record as president, citing high numbers of illegal border crossings and drug overdoses.

The video was reposted by various individuals, including Elon Musk, with unfounded claims about Biden.

The post also referenced Biden’s actions as president, including ending the “Remain in Mexico” policy and halting border wall construction.

Biden’s statement from 2007 read as follows:

“My experience is that the American people, historically, are, on balance, much more generous than they are parochial. But what they want to know is what you’re saying to them makes sense. And there’s three things that makes sense, it seems to me. And the figure is, the point is, how do you bring them in line with one another?” Biden pressed.

“It makes sense that no great nation can be in a position where they can’t control their borders. It matters how you control your borders. Not just for immigration. But it matters for drugs, terror [and] a whole range of other things. So, that’s the first sort of truism.”

“The second truism is that, that this nation is such that people in the country should have the first opportunity to be able to have jobs that pay well and have jobs that are decent, and that, after that, the second crack goes to what we may need from other parts of the world or other, or any other input.”

“And the third sort of truism is that we as a country have never let, no matter what the source, children and disadvantaged people, legal or illegal, be left out there to just, you know, atrophy, to just, to be, to stay in the shadows, to be victimized. And we’ve always given them a path. A path legally or illegally getting here. A path to deal with it.”

“And look, you know, there’s an awful lot of the illegals, quote unquote, that are here, the undocumented, that are here that didn’t choose to be here. They’re children. They’re children. And so, the question is, how do you take those three instincts and urges of the American people, this notion of fairness, get in line, don’t jump ahead of the line. You know, you get in line. And these people didn’t get in line. They jumped ahead of the gate. They, you know, that bothers people. And how do you reconcile that with the fact that a lot of people are here and have been here a long time who didn’t ask to come here, but now are in a position where, how do you deal with it? Here’s the conclusion I’ve come up with, and it’s sort of in equal parts.”

“We have to, we have to, and I’ve been arguing for, when I was back in my days as chairman of the [Senate] Judiciary Committee, and straight through as the leader of the [Senate] Foreign Relations Committee. I’ve been arguing for the need to put more protection on our borders, meaning that you have more border guards. This president [is] refusing to add the number of border guards, now said he has to send the National Guard down. He vetoed, he was against adding the number of border guards. I only can suggest the reason he was is because he needed to have money for his tax cuts that were unnecessary. I’m not being facetious. I’m being serious. Again, show me what you value. He had put a higher value on tax cuts for the wealthy than he did on protecting the border, and all of a sudden, the public responds and now he says, now we gotta send the National Guard down there that’s already overstretched by God knows how much. You know the units going in and out of your own state going to Iraq and to Afghanistan.”

“So, I think what you have to do is you have to have a significant increase in the security at the border, including limited elements where you actually have a fence. Not a fence 3,000 miles like these folks are talking about. But you’ve got to, there are certain places, people can go over and under a fence, but you can’t take 100 kilos of cocaine over and under a fence. And what you do when you have limited places where fences are in populated areas, you force these drug dealers and others around making it easier to apprehend, because there’s fewer places to come through. So I think the combination of virtual fencing, some fencing [and] additional Border Patrol is important.”

“But the second piece is, you’ve got 14 million people here. 14 million people here are undocumented, a significant number of them being children. The idea of us finding and having the money and/or the means by which to gather up 14 million people and putting them in planes, busses and trucks and send them back to their country of origin, first of all, would be prohibitively expensive. It would take every bit of our law enforcement effort that we have in the nation, dealing with all of the things to do it. And beyond that, imagine what we would look like to the rest of the world. It would make the Statue of Liberty look like a miniature if we were doing that,” Biden added.

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