We can file this one under “They Think You’re Stupid.”
Democrats looking to maintain their seats in Congress will soon be telling America that open borders are not an option. That’s right, folks. They are now going to pretend that they have been immigration enforcers since the beginning of the migrant crisis, which began just after Democrats gained control over the White House.
Politico reported that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has recommended a variety of messaging strategies to address the avalanche from conservative media and Republican politicians. On immigration, an issue that has become an area of concern for American voters, the group is urging the party to start emphasizing the importance of border security and to deny that they support “open borders” and “amnesty.”
For a party which has repeatedly praised open borders and advocated amnesty for all, this is quite a task. Indeed, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that convincing the public to buy the notion that Democrats are truly concerned about securing the border is the proverbial dog who has no interest in hunting.
These same people, who cheered President Joe Biden’s plan to offer a pathway for illegal immigrants to become citizens of the United States are going to begin to say they would enforce immigration law. The folks who cheered when Biden rolled back former President Donald Trump’s immigration measures like the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) are getting ready to claim they don’t want unfettered legal and illegal immigration.
Fox News reminds us that Democrats have sought open borders throughout the last year.
Many Democrats also supported a variety of legislative efforts to allow millions of illegal immigrants amnesty. Democrats pushed for an immigration plan approved within days of President Biden’s inauguration, which eventually became the U.S. Citizenship Act 2021 was headlined with an eight year path to citizenship for illegal aliens already living in the United States.
The effort was thwarted by a lack of Republican support in Congress and the 50/50 split chamber. Instead, Democrats included various forms of amnesty in their proposals for the Build Back Better Act — which could be passed via the budget reconciliation process and therefore not be stopped by a Republican filibuster.
This is also noted in the report:
This bill included a range of proposed amnesty and protections for illegal immigration, as well as sweeping changes in legal immigration. The first of those plans would grant a pathway to citizenship for DACA and Temporary Protected Status recipients, farmworkers and those deemed “essential workers.”
When that didn’t work, Democrats put forth a watered-down proposal that would only grant amnesty to illegals who entered the country before 2010. The proposal was rejected as well. Democrats then offered another plan that would “allow expanded parole powers to grant legal status, including work permits, to an estimated 8 million illegal immigrants for up to 10 years,” according to Fox. Republicans advised them to grind sand.
This is a remarkable feat of political maneuvering by Democrats to try and convince people that they see the light, are serious about addressing the issue of immigration. Fair enough, some Democratic lawmakers such as Henry Cuellar (D – TX) support border enforcement. His vocal criticism of Biden’s handling of the migration crisis has made him a strong critic. But finding folks like him on the left is like trying to find an open borders program that doesn’t make Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) smile.
Over the last few months, the activist media have largely ignored the south border situation. They are taking an “out of sight out of mind” approach to the matter. Border Patrol still had more than 178,840 contacts with illegals and migrants at the southern border last December. The Biden administration responded by significantly reducing deportations.
The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) noted that under this administration, “ICE removals have plummeted to a fraction of normal levels.” The organization also reported yesterday that removals dropped by 70 percent in the fiscal year 2021. This is what the author said:
ICE has released preliminary numbers that show that the number of removals decreased by more than 70% in FY 2021. However, Border Patrol apprehensions at Southwest border have reached new highs. Those numbers show that the Biden administration, which has fallaciously accused Donald Trump of “dismantl[ing] our nation’s immigration system in its entirety”, has itself taken a wrecking ball to immigration enforcement. These numbers are shocking, and we don’t even know the worst of it.
These numbers are so glaring that the chances of people believing Democrats’ change of heart on immigration are about as favorable as Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) saying something intelligent. A CNN poll has shown that immigrants are a major concern for American voters. This is why leftist politicians will attempt to make this pivot. The Democrats will soon realize that this new pro-border enforcement position is not enough.