How is it that in 2006 and 2008 the vast majority of Democrat politicians were talking tough about the need for a wall on the southern border and kicking out of the country those who entered illegally? Hillary Clinton did it. So too did Barack Obama and Chuck Schumer. So, what changed?
Answer: Sheer numbers. Currently in California 1 out of every 4 residents are foreign-born. The once Republican-leaning states like Colorado, Nevada, and New Mexico are now becoming Democrat strongholds. Democrats figured out that immigrants, particularly illegal immigrants from Mexico and Central America, are more than willing to help push elections into the Democrat win column. So much so in fact that now even Texas is considered to be in play for Democrats as soon as 2024. And if Republicans lose Texas they will never win another national election again.
Game Over. Don’t think so? Keep reading…
Once upon a time, Democrats such as Hillary and Bill Clinton and Barack Obama talked tough about illegal immigration. They even ruled out amnesty while talking up a new border wall.
In those days, progressives saw illegal immigration as illiberal — or at least not as a winning proposition among union households and the working poor.
Democratic constituencies opposed importing inexpensive foreign labor for corporate bosses. Welfare rights groups believed that massive illegal immigration would swamp social services and curtail government help to American poor of the barrios and the inner city.
So, what happened? Again, numbers.
Large numbers of unassimilated immigrants added up to politically advantageous demography for Democrats in the long run.
A wall would probably reduce illegal immigration dramatically and with it future Democratic constituents. Legal, meritocratic, measured and diverse immigration in its place would probably end up being politically neutral. And without fresh waves of undocumented immigrants from south of the border, identity politics would wane.
A wall also would radically change the optics of illegal immigration. Border guards would be mostly invisible from the Mexican side of the wall. Barbed wire, dogs and tear gas astride the border — the ingredients for media sensationalism — would be unnecessary. Instead, footage of would-be border crossers trying to climb 30-foot walls would emphasize the degree to which some are callously breaking the law.
Such imagery would remind the world that undocumented immigrants are not always noble victims but often selfish young adult males who have little regard for the millions of aspiring immigrants who wait patiently in line and follow the rules to enter the United State lawfully.
More importantly, thousands of undocumented immigrants cross miles of dangerous, unguarded borderlands each year to walk for days in the desert. Often, they fall prey to dangers ranging from cartel gangs to dehydration.
The wall would make illegal crossings almost impossible, saving lives.
Latin American governments and Democratic operatives assume that lax border enforcement facilitates the outflow of billions of dollars in remittances sent south of the border and helps flip Republican states to Democratic ones.
All prior efforts to ensure border security — sanctions against employers, threats to cut off foreign aid to Mexico and Central America, and talk of tamper-proof identity cards — have failed.
Instead, amnesties, expanded entitlements and hundreds of sanctuary jurisdictions offer incentives for waves of undocumented immigrants.
The reason a secure border wall has not been — and may not be — built is not apprehension that it would not work, but rather real fear that it would work only too well.
If you’ve ever wondered why Democrats are fighting so hard to prevent $5-$6 billion being spent this year for President Trump’s border wall proposal within the context of a trillion+ dollar annual budget, you have your answer. Politics. Back in 2006 unions were strongly opposed to illegal immigration and so Democrat politicians beholden to union campaign contributions, demanded something be done about illegal immigration. That tune changed dramatically when political operatives realized the extent to which immigrants, including illegal immigrants, could be utilized to sway election outcomes. The power of these votes was greater even than union worker votes and far more reliable. Where union workers might shift from Democrat to Republican, as they did in such great numbers with Reagan and more recently President Trump, immigrant votes were much more consistently loyal due to those voters being so dependent upon Democrat-supported government programs.
The Democrat sponsored open borders immigration policy is a multi-billion dollar get out the vote operation funded entirely by YOU, the (legal) American voter. Some believe there are now entire voting districts throughout the country where nearly every single Republican vote is cancelled out by an illegal immigrant vote. Democrats (and their media cohorts) strongly denounce any charge of widespread illegal immigrant voter fraud while behind the scenes they are enthusiastically supporting the very fraud they publicly claim doesn’t exist.
The Democrat Party cares nothing for laws. It only cares for itself regardless of the cost to the United States and its laws. In fact, a growing number of Democrats now openly share their disdain for traditional America. They want that America destroyed and fully absorbed within the globalist movement that right now threatens the long-standing practice of sovereignty all across the world and would have a handful of elites regulating the lives of billions.
That’s the real war going on right now all around us and illegal immigration is the front line.