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Yes, Democrats Are Now The Party Of Open Borders

Illegal Immigration: We’ve been seeing a lot of articles these days defending Democrats against charges that they are for open borders. But recent events show that the party has, in fact, morphed into one that reflexively opposes virtually any attempt to secure the southern border.

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For years, Democrats tried to portray themselves as tough on border security, even as they argued for amnesty for all illegal immigrants currently in the country. Sometimes they slipped, as Hillary Clinton did when, in a paid speech in 2013, she talked about her dream of open borders. (She quickly tried to explain away her comment, once it surfaced, as having to do with energy.)

But several events over the past few days have blown the party’s cover on illegal immigration.

On Wednesday, the House voted on a bill that simply expressed Congress’ “continued support for all United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers and personnel who carry out the important mission of ICE” and “the efforts of all Federal agencies, State law enforcement, and military personnel who bring law and order to our Nation’s borders.”

Such nonbinding resolutions don’t have the force of law. They’re just a statement.

Just 18 Democrats voted for this resolution. Thirty-five voted no. And the other 133 dodged the issue altogether by voting “present.” Democrats complained that the vote was just a political stunt.


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But it came as the “abolish ICE” movement took off among Democrats in the wake of open-borders socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s surprise victory in the New York primaries. She’s since called for protesters to occupy ICE offices around the country. The head of the Democratic National Committee, Tom Perez, labeled her the future of the Democratic Party.

The vote also came after eight Democrats co-sponsored an actual abolish-ICE bill. (When House GOP members said they’d bring that bill up for a vote, Democrats called it a stunt, too.)

As far as we are aware, no prominent Democrat has raised their voice in protest of this dangerously naive idea. Instead, they are either overtly supporting the “abolish ICE” campaign, or mumbling about how ICE needs to be replaced with, as Sen. Elizabeth Warren put it, “something that reflects our morality and that works.”

Meanwhile, Senate Democrats are now pushing a bill that would effectively establish “catch and release” as federal policy.

In the past, immigrant families caught crossing the border illegally who claimed asylum would be detained briefly, then asked to return at a later date for their asylum hearing. President Trump’s “zero tolerance policy” was an attempt to end this “catch and release” policy, which only encourages illegal border crossings.

Democrats know that only a tiny fraction of supposed asylum-seekers ever show up for those hearings. The rest become part of the ever-growing pool of illegal immigrants living in the country.

So, making catch and release the policy of the land amounts to an open invitation to anyone who wants to cross the border illegally. Just come with children, claim asylum, and you’re in.

Registering Illegal Immigrants

To top it off, San Francisco started registering illegal immigrants this week, so they can vote in the November city school board election.

“We want to give immigrants the right to vote,” Norman Yee, a county supervisor, said.

So, let’s add all this up.

Democrats want to neuter the one agency responsible for enforcing border security. They want to make it easy for illegals who cross to stay in the country. And they want to give them the right to vote.

Leading Democrats also adamantly oppose building a secure border wall. They support “sanctuary cities” that actively protect illegals from deportation. And they want to grant every illegal in the country amnesty.

And we’re supposed to believe that Democrats aren’t for open borders simply because they say so?

As we noted in this space a few days ago, the Democratic Party has been driving to the far left on a wide range of issues for many years. The only difference now is that its veneer of moderation has eroded to the point where Democrats can’t hide their extremism any longer.

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