Biden blasts Trump immigration policy

Says it's caused 'heartbreaking chaos and pain'

By CLARE FORAN, CNN
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Former Vice President Joe Biden is honored with the Leadership Award during the Freedom House 2018 Annual Awards Dinner on May 23, 2018 in Washington, DC.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday blamed the Trump administration's immigration policy for causing "heartbreaking chaos and pain," and criticized the separation of undocumented immigrant families.

"The abrupt policy changes at the U.S.-southern border last month, they didn't make us safer. They delivered heartbreaking chaos and pain," Biden said in remarks in Bogotá, Colombia, at the 2018 Concordia Americas Summit. He added, "Breaking up families isn't the answer and a border wall isn't the answer either."

After facing intense backlash over the administration's separation of migrant families at the border, President Donald Trump abruptly reversed course last month and signed an executive order to halt family separations.

Not long after, a federal judge ordered the U.S. government to reunify separated families. The government has begun the process of reunification, but it is still ongoing. CNN has previously reported that the government hasn't been able to find the parents of 71 children who were likely separated from their families.

On Tuesday, Biden said, "the real key to solving this problem lies in addressing the root causes of migration that push people to leave behind everything they know and they love and undertake a dangerous journey for a chance at a better life."

"The answer is not to lose or put aside our values, our principles and our humanity," Biden said.

The Department of Homeland Security did not immediately return a CNN request for comment on his remarks.

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