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Joe Biden, the Vice President of the United States, used Cinco de Mayo to ask the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Ohio Republican John Boehner, to vote for an integral immigration reform which would benefit 11 million undocumented immigrants.
Biden made a call in particular to Boehner to unblock the debate of migration legislation in the country, a project which continues to divide Democrats and Republicans and that in recent months has been suspended in the House of Representatives.
During an event to celebrate the Mexican-American Cinco de Mayo holiday in the Vice President's residence, Biden made it clear and reminded that in recent months that he has been criticized because of statements made in Florida in which he said that the 11 million undocumented immigrants are already Americans, according to the website of USA Today.
"It's time for John (Boehner), who is a good guy, and other Republicans, to stand firm and not allow a minority of their party in the House -I believe it is a minority- to prevent us from advancing in a direction which would change the circumstances of millions and millions of people," said Biden, according to the quoted source.
"They might not be citizens, but they're Americans"
Earlier this year, the Vice President was harshly criticized by Republicans due to statements he made in Florida, in which assured that undocumented immigrants which currently live in the United States are already American.
In his Cinco de Mayo gathering, Biden remembered the criticism and assured that despite everything "They might not be citizens, but they're Americans, according to Teddy Roosevelt's definition, who said that being American 'is not a matter of cred or birthplace or affiliation, but a matter of principles, idealism and character'", reported Time magainze.
"I believe that those 11 million people here breaking their backs and working hard are Americans," said Biden.