Joe Biden op-ed: Donald Trump’s strategies ‘morally bankrupt’ on Americas

Biden says Trump's Latin American and immigration policies 'subvert American values'

Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden trashed President Donald Trump‘s strategies toward Western Hemisphere countries and the United States immigration as “morally bankrupt,” in an op-ed column Monday in the Miami Herald.

Biden will appear in Miami Thursday as part of the two-day Democratic presidential candidates’ debate broadcast by NBC and its affiliated networks.

The op-ed cast Trump’s strategies as replacing previous effective policies “with policies to assault the dignity of the Latin community and scare voters to turn out on Election Day, while not addressing the real challenges facing our hemisphere.”

The column, headlined, “Biden: Our Latin America policies are morally bankrupt. Mine reflect American values,” argues in favor of the strategies of President Barack Obama, which he said he led as vice president.

They include engagement of Latin American countries; pursuing immigration reform that would consist of paths to citizenship for those brought to the United States as children and deal with undocumented immigrants with human respect; improving technology and security at ports of entry where most drugs are shipped in; and “standing with our partners in the region to take on corruption, transnational criminal groups, climate change and threats to democracy and the rule of law.”

He charged that Trump’s policies amount to threatening partners, “flinging insults,” seeking to end temporary protected status for refugees, placing children in cages, “tear-gassing asylum-seekers, ripping children from their mothers’ arms — actions that subvert American values and erode our ability to lead on the global stage.”

Biden accused Trump of mishandling relations with friendly countries in Latin America and misjudging and misplaying responses to Venezuela and Cuba.

That, he wrote, causes more problems for Venezuelans and Cubans who have fled to the U.S. and less prospect for the end of suffering for people in those countries, and undercutting international efforts to restore democracy to both.

Biden also warned that the situation widens an opening for increased influence from Russia and China.

“After four years of Trump taking a wrecking ball to our hemispheric ties, experienced and respected U.S. leadership will be vital to repairing cooperation and addressing shared regional challenges,” Biden’s column concludes. “If elected president, my first step will be to ensure that our policies in the Americas once again reflect our American values.”

Scott Powers

Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at [email protected].


  • Mary Pezzi

    June 24, 2019 at 8:28 am

    Biden is Clinton 2.0 and carried water for the Clintons when they pushed 16 million children into poverty via welfare reform, made it impossible to take student loan debt into bankruptcy, filled the prisons with pot smokers via criminal justice laws, and gave us (worthless) Supreme Court Judge Clarence Thomas by refusing to allow any other women to testify in support of Anita Hall (who was belittled and badgered with Biden at the helm of the conformation hearing in the 1990’s.) He is out of touch, creepy and totally sold out to the credit card, big banks and private prisons etc. Just another fox in sheep’s clothing aka Corporate Democrats that talk fake being for the little guy, while all of their money comes from big-investment donors!

  • Mira Vanzandt

    June 24, 2019 at 12:56 pm

    Democrat 2020 Platform & Goals:

    -Open Borders.
    -Sanctuary Cities.
    -Elimination of ICE
    -Disarming Americans.
    -Voting rights for illegal aliens.
    -Pack the courts with radical liberal judges (Like the 9th circuit)
    -Increase refugee’s from the third world.
    -Illegal aliens allowed to hold public office.
    -Free Abortions for all (Taxpayer funded)
    -The green new deal.
    -End of Electoral College
    -Free Medicare care for all including non citizens (taxpayer funded)
    -Raise Minimum Wage
    -Have adolescents vote
    -!00% free college for all, including non citizens. (tax payer funded)
    -Reparations for every rac “harmed” by the white man.
    -Convicts, Terrorists voting.
    -Susie & Bobby using the same restrooms.
    -Late term abortions.
    -Pay check for every person in the US even if they choose not to work.

    Sources: Straight from the Democrat’s mouths. Listen to their speeches on you tube.

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