Former Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday that the U.S. has “an obligation” to provide health care to “anyone” in need, “whether they are documented or undocumented.”
“I think that anyone who is in a situation where they’re in need of health care, regardless of whether they are documented or undocumented, we have an obligation to see that they are cared for,” said Biden, who is running for the Democratic nomination for president, during a campaign stop in Los Angeles, California, according to The Daily Wire. “That’s why I think we need more clinics around the country.”
He went on to cast doubt on President Donald Trump’s rhetoric about the U.S.-Mexico border, saying that visa overstays are a far more common form of illegal immigration than illegally crossing the border.
“A significant portion of undocumented folks in this country are there because they’ve overstayed their visas,” Biden said. “It’s not people breaking down the gates coming across the border. And so, the biggest thing we’ve gotta do in this is tone down the rhetoric. We know why it’s happening. It’s to create fear and concern.
‘Why is your job in danger? Because of that—’ And then he [Trump] describes them in very graphic, unflattering terms — that other, that immigrant. It’s ridiculous,” he continued.