Biden slams Trump immigration policies: 'It’s about xenophobia'

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenAtlanta mayor won't run for reelection South Carolina governor to end pandemic unemployment benefits in June Airplane pollution set to soar with post-pandemic travel boom MORE slammed President TrumpDonald TrumpVeteran accused in alleged border wall scheme faces new charges Arizona Republicans to brush off DOJ concern about election audit FEC drops investigation into Trump hush money payments MORE's immigration policies on Tuesday at a discussion at the University of Pennsylvania.

"It’s about xenophobia," he said. "This is not healthy.”


He particularly criticized the administration's end to a program that allowed minors from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador to file asylum claims from their own countries. He said that this would cause fewer people to show up at the border. 

He said that the president tries to "demagogue" the issue. 

Biden was speaking at the university's Penn Biden Center, named for the former vice president, who is also a professor at the university. 

Biden is considered a major contender for the 2020 Democratic nomination. Although he has not yet announced a presidential bid, Biden is a front-runner in several polls.

Trump has put several hard-line immigration policies in place. Most recently, he declared a national emergency to divert $8 billion in funding to construct a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border.