Thursday, June 20, 2024

Immigration was a Big Topic During the VP Debate


While last week’s presidential debate failed to even mention a topic that has been at the forefront of this year’s election season, the issue of immigration took center stage early on Tuesday night during the vice presidential debate in Virginia. In what was one of many heated arguments between the VP nominees, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence defended running mate Donald Trump’s proposal to deport millions of people here illegally.

Pence said Trump would focus first on border security, remove “criminal aliens” and then “enforce the law” for people who overstayed their visas. “Donald Trump has laid out a series of priorities that don’t end with border security, they begin with it,” Pence said. “There are horrors and tragedies that have struck American families because of people who have come to this country illegally.”

Pence, who largely offered a softer rhetoric on immigration than Trump often does, promised Trump’s administration would enforce the nation’s immigration laws. He did not repeat Trump’s plan to implement a “deportation force” to remove immigrants in the country illegally, however. Kaine countered that Pence is “trying to fuzz up what Donald Trump said” and added that Trump said immigrants “will all be gone.”

Kaine, Clinton’s usually easygoing No. 2, went on the attack from the start, repeatedly interrupting Pence, an equally genial politician who continued on with mostly measured responses. Kaine pressured Pence to answer Trump’s decision to break with decades of campaign tradition by not releasing his taxes. “Donald Trump must give the American public his tax returns to show he’s prepared to be president, and he’s breaking his promise,” Kaine said.

Kaine and Pence are far less familiar to most Americans than their running mates, who are among the most well-known figures in the country. Both vice presidential candidates have spent years in politics, are well-liked by colleagues and are deeply religious. Tuesday’s debate came as a close White House race appears to be tipping in Clinton’s favor following her strong showing in the first presidential debate. After an uneven debate performance, Trump bewilderingly spent the rest of the week defending comments he’d made 20 years earlier about a beauty queen’s weight.

FOX News Latino