Old Video Shows Biden Calling for Border Fence ’40 Stories High’ — Spox Says Wall Won’t Hit ‘Real Issues’

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A resurfaced video from 2006 shows 2020 Democratic presidential primary candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden calling for a border fence “40 stories high” and punishments for businesses who hire “illegals,” but his 2020 campaign spokesperson said that a fence would “not address the real issues” with illegal immigration.

While speaking to a South Carolinian Rotary Club in 2006, the then-senator — who advocated for giving illegal immigrants in the U.S. free health care earlier this week — touted bucking from his fellow Democrats in the Senate to vote for a measure that would have added “700 miles of fence” to the southern border.

He then declared that “we can build a fence 40 stories high” and that American companies that “hire illegals” should face punishment for doing so:

“But, let me tell you, we can build a fence 40 stories high. Unless you change the dynamic in Mexico and — and you will not like this — and punish American employers who knowingly violate the law when, in fact, they hire illegals. Unless you do those two things, all the rest is window dressing.”

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“Now, I know I’m not supposed to say it that bluntly,” Biden continued. “But they’re the facts. And so everything else we do is in between here. Everything else we do is in the margins.”

Biden went on to say in the video that he believed the “fence [was] needed” more to curb the flow of illegal drugs over the border than immigration.

A spokesperson for Biden’s campaign — Andrew Bates — said that Biden’s stance toward the issue has not changed but that a border wall would not tackle the problems surrounding illegal immigration.

“As then-Senator Biden said at the time, ‘we can build a fence 40 stories high,’ but it will not address the real issues here,” Bates said, according to Fox News. “Vice President Biden believes we have to stop trying to scare people and instead have an immigration discussion based on facts.”

The video’s resurfacing comes as Biden begins his campaign in the contentious 2020 Democratic presidential primary, which has grown to 21 candidates. Considered the front-runner, he faces off against other big-name politicians including Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.).

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Jim Bethea
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Had 700 people at his rally even though he brought more than 80 with him ~ I seriously don’t think any native of SC would ever fall for his con-game or most anyone when it get exposed he helped credit card banks come into Delaware & call it their “corporate headquarters” ~ They called DE their headquarters so these shyster banksters could hike their interest rates from their “real corporate headquarters” of NY & CA of 6% and 9% to DE’s 29.9% [robbing people

TOM
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From the looks of your picture (wee little one that I can’t see too good) it would appear that you are old enough to know that DE has a very enticing business environment and many companies register their company in DE.

As for your hated “credit card banks” there is a way to not have to worry about the interest they charge.
1. Never use a credit card.
2. If you use a credit card pay off the entire balance each month.
In other words if you can’t afford it don’t buy it.

Don Snyder
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It’s true the wall won’t do it all. At the basics, we need to punish American companies who hire illegals because for most of them that’s all the reason they are over here. Mexico needs to take care of their own citizens. Funny how Biden has gone from wanting illegal immigration stopped to pro-illegal immigration in a few short years. What’s next in his mind that he wants to change?

Joe Michael
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So there was a day when Biden had some common sense. Days gone by. Today Biden is going with the current progressive trend of open borders. What will he flip on next. Biden and Beto should have breakfast together and discuss the art of flipping on issues.

General Confusion
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You are confused, Joe.

Biden would be a terrible candidate to go up against someone as divisive as King Donald The Loser. He has a horrible relationship with union workers, women, regarding race relations (bussing, segregation), even the prison over-population issue (1994 Violent Crime Control Act). He is just another older, conservative, corrupt (Wall Street), racist white dude with a warm demeanor and nice teeth who never grew or matured out of bad ideas or opinions.

Don Snyder
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You keep calling YOUR President a loser. Maybe it’s just you that is the loser.
Ever though about that? Of course you haven’t.

General Confusion
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You are confused, Donald.

I have the Constitutional RIGHT to call him a loser. Facts have shown that he IS a loser over and over and over, for decades. He WANTS to be a king and his actions prove it.

Maybe some day you won’t be so confused by historical facts.

Thomas Cole
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Yes you have that right. Of course with that and all rights come responsibilities. The first of the responsibilities is not making claims without having the ability to back them up, otherwise you just sound like another whining ass liberal. So, go ahead and them the horses to water, show them why you are right so they will shut up and quit down voting you…. Unless of course you are just full of hot air and you can’t substantiate your claims. Surely you aren’t one of those trolls?

General Confusion
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You seem a bit confused as to how accusations work, Thomas.

KDTL is a loser because he lost more money than you and I will earn in a lifetime. He wants to do away with the rules and regulations of our Conversation and be a king. We formed this country to get away from kings.

You can confuse yourself over this all you want, but you will only be hurting yourself and the country.

TOM
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You are assuming a fact not in evidence. Joe Biden has never had any sense. Every now and then he just says something that makes a bit of sense.

If you have been paying attention you will have noticed that most all of the demoncraps who are against securing our border used to be for securing the border with walls, fences, etc. It is not that they have flipped as it is about resist and obstruct everything Pres. Trump wants.

Paul Swansen
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So he was for the wall before he was against it?

banstan
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He was for the wall before Trump called for it.

Otis
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Hilarious, Paul! It’s funny how history is there no matter how politicians try to change it. Perhaps Joe has a forty-foot wall between his brain hemispheres.

TOM
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Just to set the record straight Joe Biden called for a 40 story high fence. A good rule of thumb is to use 10 feet per story of a building. That would make his fence 400 feet tall.

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