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Biden: I Regret Describing Immigrant as “Illegal” During State of the Union

HeadlineMar 11, 2024

In an interview with MSNBC, President Biden said he regrets using the word “illegal” during his State of the Union to describe a Venezuelan immigrant accused of killing Laken Riley, a Georgia nursing student.

President Joe Biden: “An undocumented person. And I shouldn’t have used 'illegal.' I should have — it’s 'undocumented.'”

Jonathan Capehart: “So you regret using that word?”

President Joe Biden: “Yes.”

During a campaign rally in Georgia, former President Donald Trump attacked Biden over the issue.

Donald Trump: “I say he was an illegal alien. He was an illegal immigrant. He was an illegal migrant. And he shouldn’t have been in our country, and he never would have been under the Trump policy.”

During the same speech, Trump mocked President Biden’s stutter.

Donald Trump: “Wasn’t it — didn’t it bring us together? [inaudible] bring the country to — to — to — to — together. I’m going to bring it together. No, no.”

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