Washington (CBS Newspath) — Vice President Joe Biden expressed his support for comprehensive immigration reform after a meeting with law enforcement officials.
Biden argued that the Senate-passed immigration reform legislation would improve public safety and would bring the 11 million immigrants living in the country illegally “out of the shadows.”
The Senate bill requires illegal immigrants to submit to fingerprinting, pass criminal background checks and pay fines, which Biden said would help law enforcement.
He said the bill would also decrease human and drug trafficking.
“Here’s the deal. Immigration reform is gonna make our communities safer and make these guys’ job much easier. The reason why they got involved in the business they got involved in is to protect their fellow citizens. This is gonna make it easier by requiring all undocumented immigrants to come forward and register, submit to fingerprints, pass criminal background checks and a national security check. And then pay fees and taxes before earning, getting on a path -- probably take you a decade -- to get to the legal status, but to get them to the citizenship status," said Biden.