CNN "CNN Newsroom" - Transcript: Immigration Reform

Interview

By:  Joe Biden, Jr.
Date: Feb. 7, 2014
Location: Unknown

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KATE BOLDUAN, ANCHOR, CNN'S "NEW DAY": I know you have been very optimistic saying you think immigration reform can be done and it can be done this year. Speaker Boehner is just now saying he thinks any action on immigration reform is unlikely this year. Saying -- why? He says because House Republicans don't trust the president. He even said they don't trust the president to enforce our laws. So is this over?

JOE BIDEN, VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: No. Look, the thing we have going for us is the vast majority of the American people support reform. The vast majority of Republicans support immigration reform. And if he allowed a vote tomorrow on the Senate bill that passed, a significant portion of the Republicans and all the Democrats would vote for it. He's getting understandably, not a criticism, a great deal of pressure from the right that wants no part of this. I think he'll work his way through this. I still think we can get this done. It doesn't take much time.

BOLDUAN: If it doesn't take much time and if it does come your way, you could be looking at a bill that allows for legal status but does not offer a pathway to citizenship. The president did not say definitively one way or the other in an interview with CNN.

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