Throwing open the borders to masses of foreigners unwilling to apply for entry through regularized immigration sure is ONE way to signal an end to ‘America First’… but at what cost?
It’s so easy for demagogues in positions of power to forget that ideas have consequences. Bad ideas, naturally, have bad consequences.
When your party has promised a ‘right’ to ‘free’ government handouts to anyone who sets foot across the border, whether they arrived legally or not, you have just created an incentive. Incentives create incentivized behavior — Democrats understand this because they LOVE ‘strings attached’ funding, and use it all the time.
They have either ignored — or worse, are exploiting — this principle when it comes to how their actions incentivize masses of people in flocking to our borders.
For people from parts of the world that do not qualify for ‘asylum’ under normal circumstances, but are eking out a meager existence, this is like making an offer they can’t refuse.
Remember Biden’s various open-borders promises? His pledge to put a freeze on deportations, for example? Putting a halt to construction of the wall, for another?
What about the debate, when everyone raised their hand in agreement that their health care plan would be extended to people unlawfully in the country?
If you’ve got a sick family member, is that not a powerful incentive to risk all the dangers and exploitations inherent in that long trek North?
The former Acting ICE Director, Tom Homan, wasn’t mincing any words.
Homan has long warned of an “out-of-control border” if a Democrat managed to unseat Trump in the November election. With Biden set to take office on Wednesday and a large migrant caravan already making its way to America’s southern border, the former immigration official is growing increasingly concerned.
“The criminal gangs have already figured out the transportation routes. The caravans are already loaded up and coming and more is going to come. You’re going to see a surge at the border that we’ve never seen before because of the words of Joe Biden,” Homan told Fox News host John Roberts.
…Homan said Biden “knew” his words would cause an overwhelming surge at the border, but argued that it was “more important for him to win the votes from the left and be elected president than to protect this country.
“He put himself in front of the country, and that, to me, is disgusting,” Homan said. —FoxNews
In this clip, you see the would-be migrants explicitly citing Biden’s own campaign promises as their motivation.
“President Biden, he’s going to help all of us. He’s giving us 100 days to get to the US.”
It’s not like this wasn’t a predictable outcome, Homan himself predicted this response to Biden’s incentives months ago.
Former acting ICE Director Tom Homan told Fox Business’s “Mornings with Maria Bartiromo” on Monday that the prediction he made six months ago is coming true that if Joe Biden won the presidency, there will be a surge in illegal immigration like you’ve never seen.
Biden’s pledge to enact more liberal immigration laws doesn’t bode well for the 18.5 million people in the U.S. who are about to collect unemployment, host Dagen McDowell said.
“Absolutely,” Homan said. “You’re talking about these people coming to the United States for jobs, and we have to remember what President-Elect Biden also said. He said that he’s going to prevent ICE from doing any work-site operation, which means you can come here illegally and get a job and you can do that without the fear of ICE coming to your work site and arresting you.
“That was another campaign promise Joe Biden made. No more operation, which means illegal aliens that are going to the United States and displacing American workers have no fear of being arrested,” he said. — CNS
Then again, putting party before country isn’t a new thing for Democrats. Their immigrations incentives aren’t a bug, they’re a feature.
They don’t think we’ve forgotten THIS memo, do they?
A memo co-authored by former Clinton communications director Jennifer Palmieri, obtained by The Daily Caller, admits the Democratic Party needs to protect illegal immigrants brought here by DACA in order to ensure those additional votes.
The Center for American Progress (CAP) Action Fund memo, which circulated Monday, called on Democrats to “refuse to offer any votes for Republican spending bills that do not offer a fix for Dreamers and instead appropriate funds to deport them.”
The memo from the left-leaning think tank also said that protecting DACA is not only a “moral imperative” but also a “critical component” in winning elections.
“The fight to protect Dreamers is not only a moral imperative, it is also a critical component of the Democratic Party’s future electoral success,” the memo read.
It finished, “If Democrats don’t try to do everything in their power to defend Dreamers, that will jeopardize Democrats’ electoral chances in 2018 and beyond.”
Like everything ELSE the Democrats do, this is (first and foremost), a cynical calculation of political power. We have it in their own words.
Any formal justifications they make for such decisions are nothing more than political window-dressing.