Top Liberal Think Tank Admits Trump’s Immigration Policies Are 'Winning' Voters
Democrats seem weak on enforcing the nation’s laws, according to report
A top liberal think tank has admitted that President Donald Trump’s message on immigration is winning over most voters, making the far-left Democrats look weak on enforcement.
The Center for American Progress released the report argues that as Democrats drifted away from the “rule of law” message, it has allowed Republicans to rebrand their party as sole party of the rule of law.
This produced “the false dichotomy of America as either a nation of immigrants or a nation of laws” making Democrats seem weak on enforcing the nation’s laws, the Daily Beast reported.
The vice president of immigration policy at the think tank, Tom Jawetz, said that those supporting humane immigration policy “have ceded powerful rhetorical ground to immigration restrictionists, who are happy to masquerade as the sole defenders of America as a nation of laws.”
The report comes amid Trump’s renewed calls to reform immigration laws, which argues that they don’t stop the problem of illegal immigration due to significant loopholes.
“We’ve got to straighten out our immigration laws,” Trump said last week.
“You know, in a very short period of time, if the Democrats would give us a few votes, we could solve the immigration problem, and it would be so great.”
The first iteration of deportation sweeps began today netting just 35 migrants, with only eighteen being actual targets, according to ICE. READ MORE: https://t.co/6NNGCDZEip— Neon Nettle (@NeonNettle) July 23, 2019
Meanwhile, Democratic 2020 presidential candidates are scrambling to grab onto a compelling message that counters Trump’s rhetoric, but without seeming to support his policies.
Radical proposals such as nationwide amnesty or the abolition of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) “fuels louder calls for maximum enforcement, which then strengthen calls for abolition, ad infinitum," according to the report.
2020 candidate such as Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and Sens. Kamala Harris, have all supported the proposal to decriminalize illegal border crossings, no longer treating the crime as a criminal matter.
Only Sen. Michael Bennet rejected the proposal.
But former Vice President Joe Biden took no position on the matter.
Some Democrats running for president also gave credence to the far-left movement to abolish the federal immigration authorities, though many early supporters of the movement such as Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has since toned down the issue.