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May 5, 2014 - 7:45 am

Vice President Joe Biden told a Cinco de Mayo breakfast this morning that passing immigration reform would be a “shot in the arm” for the country.

Guests at the Naval Observatory, including members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, national Hispanic leaders, Hispanic members of the media and administration officials, listened to a five-piece mariachi and feasted on a buffet of chorizo casserole and papas fritas before Biden stood to deliver a few words.

“The message is simple. We don’t have to redouble our efforts. We have to redouble or demand” that the House take up the immigration reform bill passed in the Senate, said Biden, according to the White House pool report.

“And it’s time for John — he’s a good man, John Boehner — to stand up and other Republicans to stand up. Not for us to stand up. We’ve already stood up. We’ve been right there. We stood up,” he continued. “It’s time for him to stand up, stand up and not let the minority — I think it’s a minority — of the Republican Party in the House keep us from moving in a way that will change the circumstances for millions and millions of lives.”

Biden said that “to continue the dreams of all the American people, we have got to get 11 million people out of the shadows.”

“It’s not just to benefit those 11 million people, it’s badly needed for the country. The country needs a shot in the arm and this would give it a considerable shot in the arm.”

The vice president referenced when he was “roundly criticized” earlier this year for saying “these 11 million folks in the shadows are already Americans.”

“But they are Americans. They may not be citizens, but they are Americans. In the definition of Teddy Roosevelt, he said Americanism is not a question of birthplace or creed or line of descent, it’s a question of principles, idealism, and character. And I would argue that those 11 million folks who have been here breaking their neck, working hard, they are Americans.”

He said the economic benefits of such a bill “are the exact opposite of what the right has been preaching, what the nativists have been preaching for a long time. They are not necessarily one in the same, I want to make clear.”

Biden said America has gotten the best of the best “sort of self-selected” over its history of immigrants.

“What we’ve gotten over the last 230 years, is we’ve gotten people who already posses in their DNA the sense of courage and optimism and movement,” he said. “That’s exactly what the hell we are. That’s who we are.”

“We share so much more in common with Mexico than just a border,” Biden added. “We share values, a common history, and I think common dreams.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Immigration Bill a ‘Badly Needed…Shot in the Arm’ for...................the Democrat Party. There I fixed it.
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If all it takes to be an American is a desire to reap the benefits and perks...why bother risking the desert heat. Stay home in your country and Biden will mail you a check from our Treasury.

Biden likes the thought of a foreigner willing to lie, cheat and steal ..."make that guy an American...he's already a Democrat!"
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"In the definition of Teddy Roosevelt, he said Americanism is not a question of birthplace or creed or line of descent, it’s a question of principles, idealism, and character."

I've found only one quote in which Roosevelt mentions Americanism:

“Americanism means the virtues of courage, honor, justice, truth, sincerity, and hardihood—the virtues that made America. The things that will destroy America are prosperity-at-any-price, peace-at-any-price, safety-first instead of duty-first, the love of soft living and the get-rich-quick theory of life.”

Roosevelt also described what makes an American, and I doubt Biden wants people to read it.

“In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person's becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American...There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag... We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language... and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.”
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"Shot in the arm...." More like a bullet in the brain.
21 weeks ago
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So says Senator for Life Joe Biden. Some of us think "immigration reform" is more like a shot in the head for the country.
21 weeks ago
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More like shot in the heads of the unemployed.
21 weeks ago
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We should adopt the immigration policy of Mexico And if anyone says "No way!" we can scream "Racism!"
21 weeks ago
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"The country needs a shot in the arm and this would give it a considerable shot in the arm.” should read, from Good Ol' Joe, "The country needs a shot to the head and this would give it a considerable 'coup d'grace.'

Joe is really a crazy old coot, isn't he. I do believe his whole DNA is nothing but a big cliche. Joe'll tell you anything you want to hear, just Vote-for-Me Joe, and he will eat whatever crap you put in front of him. That's our Joe, our second-in-line to the throne of the Might O.

God help us, please.
21 weeks ago
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Hey, Biden. Your boss calls it cinco de quattro. You should yield to his opinion.
Your taxes will be assigned to support illegal aliens when Amnesty is the law. If you don’t believe that surprise is buried in Obamacare, see
http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/stories/2012/october/11/health-care-immigrants.aspx/.
This is your money being given away. Please get out and VOTE in the Primary elections and in the 2014 November mid-term election.
21 weeks ago
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Hmph.. per Biden illegal aliens residing in the U.S., again illegally whom essentially are demanding de facto citizenship have '..principles, character'.

What color is the sky on this treasonous-seeking chode's planet?
21 weeks ago
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To substitute delusion for reality has always been the signature trait of Leftists. Biden's blatant fawning and crass pandering to illegal Hispanics serves merely is an other example of the long known, corrosive nature of Leftism.
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It's a done, stick a fork in it inevitability that amnesty is going to happen. The question is, are we going to seal the border? By that I mean, build a huge, razor-wire topped, electrified fence with claymore mines on either side fence or not?
21 weeks ago
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In Man's primordial past, individuals like Biden never made it out of childhood. as the saber-toothed tigers gobbled them all up before they could do other humans harm by their mere presence.

Unfortunately, when civilization was created by those men who knew their ass from a termite mound, it created protected space for the Bidens of the near past. Eventually these parasitic mouthbreathers insinuated themselves into the power structure. The've now climbed to the very top.

We must bring back saber-toothed tigers.
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