Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is pledging to sign an executive order on his first day in office to form a task force that will focus on reuniting the 545 immigrant children who have been separated from their families, if he’s elected president.
Mr. Biden’s pledge was made as part of a digital ad campaign that will air in the key swing states of Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Nevada. The news comes with just five days to go until Election Day as the Biden campaign works to target Latino voters and widen the gap between Mr. Biden and President Donald Trump in the key voting block.
“On his first day as president, Joe Biden will issue an executive order creating a federal task force to reunite these children with their parents,” the ad’s narrator says.
Mr. Biden’s running mate, Kamala Harris, hit the road Arizona and Nevada. The Democratic presidential nominee is holding two events in Tampa Bay, Florida as polls show Mr. Biden with a slim lead over Mr. Trump within the margin of error.
As of this writing, the parents of the 545 children who had been separated from their families cannot or have not been reached. At the second presidential debate last week, Mr. Biden slammed the Trump administration for the separation.
“Their kids were ripped from their arms and separated, and now they cannot find over 500 of the sets of those parents, and those kids are alone. Nowhere to go. Nowhere to go. It’s criminal. It’s criminal,” he said.
Polls Mr. Biden with a slim two-point lead over President Trump in the Sunshine State, according to FiveThirtyEight’s polling average. That’s up from the one-point lead he had earlier in the week.