Joe Biden says payments to migrants ‘may seem incongruous’ but they’ve ‘always made sense’

With Matt Lauer on Today, Joe Biden says payments to migrants ‘may seem incongruous’ but they’ve ‘always made sense’ Joe Biden said on Thursday he may have “vetted” illegal immigrants so he could make…

Joe Biden says payments to migrants 'may seem incongruous' but they've 'always made sense'

With Matt Lauer on Today, Joe Biden says payments to migrants ‘may seem incongruous’ but they’ve ‘always made sense’

Joe Biden said on Thursday he may have “vetted” illegal immigrants so he could make sure their paychecks “aren’t funneled back to people who are trying to destroy this country”.

The vice-president’s comments came in an exchange with Matt Lauer on the Today show as Biden was preparing to host a fundraiser in New York to raise money for the Democratic senate nominee in Indiana, whom he supported in the primary, and the vice-president said on Wednesday that he would offer Donald Trump a “serious” and “consequential” interview.

According to the Pence campaign, Biden will make a $50,000 contribution to Donnelly’s campaign. At the event the former vice-president and his wife Jill will also discuss his second presidential bid, in which he said he spent a week at the famed “Dawg Pound” — home of the Indianapolis Colts — brushing up on his time in high school football.

He told Lauer, “I think it’s something that might be worthy of me giving some thoughtful and substantive response to any of the questions [Trump] might ask me.

“Because I have my time on the campaign trail and my staff spends the vast majority of time vetting people, and then I get some screening and, you know, to vet somebody’s propensity to be loyal to the United States. It may seem incongruous, but obviously, all of that, it’s all incredibly legitimate.”

Citing Medicare and social security, Biden said the federal government “represents a public commitment from [us] and we’re sending checks to them every month, whether we like it or not, and that we want to make sure the checks aren’t funneled back to people who are trying to destroy this country. I’ve done that every single time. I’ve processed the payment. I’ve gone out and made sure it wasn’t sent back to us in order to protect it.”

Asked if that meant payments to illegal immigrants were such a relevant and necessary part of every transaction with them, Biden admitted he wasn’t sure.

“I don’t know about in every instance. I might have as recently as yesterday processed a check to somebody in Mexico. I know they made an entry in their immigration file and I had the check processed. I didn’t have much to say about it.”

Lauer probed Biden on some of the instances in which immigrants with government-issued ID would try to prove their United States residency by applying for government benefits.

“I don’t know if there’s any real flaw in my system,” Biden said. “Every time I got a check I did a quick check at my staff, and if there was, I would see what it was. And I always did it in full knowledge that in order to satisfy the law, I was reviewing a file that represented a person who is in the country illegally. It wasn’t a policy or a guideline or anything. I would say the vetting system could work better.”

Lauer asked Biden what kind of vetting process he employed in particular instances. “Usually the principal suspect has been charged. That’s not always the case. And, in fact, if the principal suspect doesn’t have a legitimate claim to a benefits, which is not the common situation, then your instinct is to reject it, because why should you give something to somebody that hasn’t come through the system legally?”

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