Des Moines, IA – Presidential hopeful Joe Biden vowed to fire Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents if they deport illegal aliens for criminal offenses that aren’t felonies, and said he does not “count drunk driving as a felony.”
Felony drunk driving laws vary from state to state, but generally in the U.S. people need numerous DUI convictions or they need to seriously hurt somebody to get a felony DUI conviction.
The 77-year-old former vice president’s declaration came on Monday during a Vice News forum regarding minority issues, the Washington Examiner reported.
At one point during the forum, Biden was asked what exact changes he would make “to ICE as an agency,” the National Review reported.
“We’re not going to deport anybody who has not — in this country — committed a felony in this country. In this country, committed a felony,” he said, according to Breitbart.
Biden told his interviewer that he plans to simply fire ICE personnel unless they agree to stop enforcing the law by deporting illegal aliens who haven’t been convicted of felony offenses, the National Review reported.
“You change the culture by saying you are going to get fired. You are fired if, in fact, you do that,” he quipped. “You only arrest for the purpose of dealing with a felony that’s committed, and I don’t count drunk driving as a felony.”
In 2019, a total of 49,106 illegal aliens were arrested by ICE following DUI convictions, Breitbart reported.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) was quick to issue a statement following Biden’s comments.
“Drunk driving is the Number 1 killer on America’s roads and a violent crime that MADD believes should be punished to the fullest extent of the law, regardless of the offender’s immigration status,” the statement read, according to Breitbart. “In all drunk driving cases, MADD supports the victims and their wishes in the prosecution and sentencing of offenders who kill or injure someone.”
In the past, Biden has falsely claimed that a drunk driver was responsible for causing a crash that killed his wife and 13-month-old daughter in 1972, the National Review reported.
“It was an errant driver who stopped to drink instead of drive and hit—a tractor-trailer—hit my children and my wife and killed them,” he said during a speech at the University of Delaware in 2001.
He blamed the tragedy on a drunk driver again while campaigning in 2007, according to the National Review.
“A tractor-trailer, a guy who allegedly — and I never pursued it — drank his lunch instead of eating his lunch, broadsided my family and killed my wife instantly and killed my daughter instantly and hospitalized my two sons,” Biden said at the time.
But Biden’s allegations against the driver were entirely untrue, Politico reported.
Not only was the truck driver, Curtis C. Dunn, not drunk at the time of the collision – he even had the right-of-way, said Jerome Herlihy, a former deputy attorney general who was involved with the case.
Biden’s wife was holding their young daughter when she drove into the path of the oncoming truck.
“She had a stop sign,” Herlihy told Politico. “The truck driver did not.”
Investigators determined that Dunn was not responsible for the tragedy.
“I concurred in their decision that there was no fault on his part,” Herlihy confirmed.
Dunn’s daughter, Pamela Hamill, said that her father “was haunted and was tormented” by the fatal collision for the rest of his life, the National Review reported.
Dunn passed away in 1999.
Biden did call at one point to apologize for his comments, Pamela said.
“He apologized for hurting my family in any way,” she said, according to the National Review. “So, we accepted that — and kind of end of story from there.”