By Rafael Bernal - 02/25/16 02:30 PM EST
Biden: GOP immigration rhetoric 'dangerous'
Vice President Biden on Thursday slammed Republican presidential candidates for what he called "dangerous, damaging and incredibly ill-advised" rhetoric on immigration.
"The message that is coming out of the United States as a consequence of the presidential campaign, about American attitudes toward Mexicans and Mexico generally, the entire hemisphere and our place in the world, is disturbing," Biden said in Mexico City.
The Vice president spoke to reporters during the inaugural ceremony of the bilateral High Level Economic Dialogue conference. Four American and six Mexican cabinet-level officials were in attendance.
Several GOP presidential candidates have drawn controversy for strong statements on immigration and trade. Most notably, Donald TrumpDonald TrumpCutting corners in a federal campaign is criminal Trump to donors: Mass. depends on Scott Brown Poll: Clinton takes 16-point lead among millennials MORE angered many when he began his presidential campaign calling Mexican immigrants "criminals" and "rapists."
Biden slammed "some of the rhetoric coming from some of the presidential candidates on the other team," but added, "Here's what I'm here to tell you. They do not, they do not, they do not represent the view of the vast majority of the American people."
The American delegation in Mexico City includes Secretary of Commerce Penny PritzkerPenny PritzkerEU expected to approve data transfer deal with US within weeks: report Top Democrat wants Obama to block Boeing's deal with Iran Overnight Tech: Cable, satellite providers on the hot seat | A win for privacy groups | C-SPAN turns to Periscope during sit-in | Sandberg makes Facebook's case to conservatives MORE and Secretary of the Interior Sally JewellSally JewellInterior chief reprimands employees on ethics, sexual harassment A way out of Alaska's fiscal hole Obama to take victory lap on conservation MORE. The Mexican Cabinet's top economic officials are in attendance, including Luis Videgaray, the powerful finance secretary and ally to President Enrique Peña Nieto.
Also in the American delegation is Ambassador Roberta Jacobson, nominated in July by President Obama to fill the empty ambassadorship to Mexico. Jacobson's nomination has been blocked by Sen. Marco RubioMarco RubioPoll: Rubio holds massive lead in primary Rubio: Turkey attack 'directed' by ISIS Trump: Rivals who don't back me shouldn't be allowed to run for office MORE (Fla.) — also a GOP presidential candidate — because of her role in rapprochement between the United States and Cuba.