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 TrumpJeb Bush: Reports of father supporting Clinton were 'inappropriate' Trump: I have 'very good' marital history Report: Trump Foundation lacks proper certification 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 PritzkerObama administration officials ramp up push for Pacific pact Overnight Cybersecurity: FBI probes possible hack of Dems' phones | Trump's '400-pound hacker' | Pressure builds on Yahoo | Poll trolls run wild Overnight Finance: Senate rejects funding bill as shutdown looms | Labor Dept. to probe Wells Fargo | Fed to ease stress test rules for small banks MORE and Secretary of the Interior Sally JewellSally JewellOvernight Energy: Flint deal clears way for funding bill Climate change is a refugee issue too Feds roll out conservation, energy plan for Calif. desert 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 RubioOvernight Finance: Lawmakers float criminal charges for Wells Fargo chief | Scrutiny on Trump's Cuba dealings | Ryan warns of recession if no tax reform The Trail 2016: Just a little kick Opposition to Obama's radical disarmament agenda has proven effective MORE (Fla.) — also a GOP presidential candidate — because of her role in rapprochement between the United States and Cuba.