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Joe Biden

Joe Biden (D- Delaware) is the former Vice President of the United States, serving under Barack Obama from 2009-2017. Prior to his service as VPOTUS, Biden served as United States Senator from Delaware from 1973- 2009 and Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, as well as Chair of the International Narcotics Control Caucus, from 2007-2009.

From 1987-1993, Joe Biden was chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee and member of the New Castle County Castle from 1970-1972.

When first elected to the U.S. Senate at the age of 30, Biden was the sixth-youngest senator in American history. When given the vice presidency, Biden was the fourth most senior member of the Senate.

Prior to his political work, Biden obtained his law degree from Syracuse University College of Law.

He has been married to Jill Jacobs since 1977. He has four children.

Awards and Accolades

  • 2008 – Government of Pakistan – Nishan-e-Pakistan
  • 2017 – Barack Obama – Presidential Medal of Freedom with Distinction

2020 Campaign

It came as no surprise when Biden announced his intent to run on April 25, 2019. Many had assumed he would do so prior to this announcement, but he held his cards close to the chest until his official announcement.

Biden has been criticized by many Democrats, including candidate Cory Booker, for insensitive statements regarding his relationship with segregationists James O. Eastland and Herman Talmadge.

Biden’s campaign is founded on three major policies: Rebuilding the middle class, restoring our global image, and ensuring democracy for all. Particular points of these policies include:

  • Increasing minimum wage
  • Ensuring all Americans have access to trade schools, education, and training
  • Healthcare for all
  • Protecting communities from the effects of climate change
  • Renewing “basic American values,” including inclusivity, tolerance, diversity, respect, and freedom
  • Responsible use of military funding
  • Protecting the right to vote

Biden’s campaign slogan is “Our Best Days Still Lie Ahead.”

Stance on Immigration

Joe Biden has criticized the building of a border wall, but did support the Secure Fence Act that sought the construction of a 700-mile long fence. He has also expressed support for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, stating that the removal of the DREAMers affected by the program is “cruel… inhumane… and not American.”

He does not support an overarching H1-B visa program, as he believes that it undermines American workers. Instead, he supports offering jobs to Americans first, and only inviting H1-B workers into the country if a position won’t or can’t be filled by a citizen. He also opposes granting driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants.

In a 2007 NPR Democratic radio debate, he said, “I have been working with this for a long time, as former chairman of the Judiciary Committee. That’s where it comes out of. We have it about right now, except that the employers aren’t doing their part. They’ve got to offer the job. If there’s an American there who will take the job, they can’t undercut it by hiring an Indian engineer who will work for less; that’s illegal. We’re not enforcing it.”

Notable Votes

Date: March 13, 2008
Bill Title: Immigration Enforcement and Border Fence Amendment
Vote: Nay

Date: October 24, 2007
Bill Title: DREAM Act
Vote: Yea

Date: June 7, 2007
Bill Title: Immigration Act of 2007
Vote: Yea

Date: June 6, 2007
Bill Title: Denying Legal Status for Immigrants Convicted of Certain Crimes
Vote: Nay

Date: August 2, 2006
Bill Title: Triple-Layered Fencing Amendment 
Vote: Yea