Democrats seem utterly oblivious to the fact that they are getting demolished by the Republicans on the subject of illegal immigration. When they all stood up on that debate stage last month and raised their hands in favor of giving taxpayer-funded healthcare to illegal aliens, it was a moment of stark clarity for many voters. Now, finally, in front of their faces, was proof that this party was completely lost. When several of the candidates endorsed decriminalizing the border, the evidence began to pile up.
To be sure, not every American is as hardline on illegal immigration as Trump and his supporters. There is widespread popularity for giving illegals a path to citizenship, and there is scorn for the detention centers that are all over the news.
On the other hand, there is virtually no support for ending deportations, abolishing ICE, getting rid of the Department of Homeland Security, or throwing open the borders. There is very little support for sanctuary cities that shield illegal alien criminals from the consequences of their actions. The Democratic Party has swung to become as extreme on one side of immigration as they claim Trump is on the other. And voters are beginning to notice.
So is the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank that warned Democrats this week that they were in danger of losing the fight over illegal immigration.
“For too many years, the conversation has been predicated on a false dichotomy that says America can either honor its history and traditions as a nation of immigrants or live up to its ideals as a nation of laws by enforcing the current immigration system,” the Center wrote.
“Presented with this choice,” they continued, “supporters of immigration—people who recognize the value that immigrants bring to American society, its culture, and its economy, as well as the important role that immigrants play in the nation’s continued prosperity—have traditionally seized the mantle of defending America as a nation of immigrants.
“By doing this, however, rather than challenging the dichotomy itself, supporters have ceded powerful rhetorical ground to immigration restrictionists, who are happy to masquerade as the sole defenders of America as a nation of laws,” they concluded.
While the Center comes from an obvious place of bias, they are absolutely right about one thing: America can be both a “nation of immigrants” and recognize that unrestricted, unrestrained, decriminalized illegal immigration will be the downfall of our society. They would never admit to that last bit, of course, but it’s true nonetheless.
Unfortunately for the Democrats, there is much more to be lost as a nation for us to throw open the borders then there is for us to temporarily shut down all immigration in its entirety. That makes their arguments hollow and weak, as well as ignorant and dangerous.
Refusing to call Islamic terrorism by its name played a big part in costing Democrats the 2016 election. Refusing to confront illegal immigration as the nation-destroying crime that it is will do the same in 2020.