As Democrats Lurch Left, New Report Shows Americans Moving Right on Immigration



Following the lead of upstart New York congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is Delaware’s Kerri Evelyn Harris, who is hoping her liberal leanings will propel her to victory over incumbent Sen. Tom Carper in the September Democratic primary. To achieve that goal, Harris has embraced the modern-day “progressive” platform and just publicly backed the idea of abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

“I believe that we need to get rid of ICE … then reallocate the funds that are being wasted on our current use of ICE,” Harris told Hill.TV, adding that she believed ICE “makes us less secure within our borders and internationally because people are concerned [about]how we’re treated one another.”

The pair join a growing chorus of Democrats on the local and federal level, particularly those with eyes on 2020, supporting the abolition of the agency responsible for enforcing immigration law in the interior, combating human trafficking and assisting in international terror investigations. Supporters insist their efforts are not akin to ending immigration enforcement, but they have failed to provide an alternative enforcement agency.

The reason behind this is clear even to immigration moderates.

“Democrats would quickly discover that turning simple campaign slogans into reform of ICE’s law enforcement functions will encounter resistance from activists who fundamentally oppose the deportation of undocumented immigrants,” write the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Cristobal Ramon and David Lapan.

Conversely, Americans’ views of immigration are edging toward more enforcement, not less.

“There is a new middle on immigration, and it is further to the right than many may realize. Most Americans believe the U.S. immigration system is broken, out of control, and antiquated,” begins a new report from the Bipartisan Policy Center.

That conclusion was reached after a year of conducting focus groups, interviews and a survey from Luntz Global, which finds a majority of voters opposing amnesty or providing a path to citizenship “for free.”

While Americans are proud of being a so-called “a nation of immigrants,” they also believe that the “government is mismanaging the current system, and that strong immigration enforcement is necessary to establish control over immigration.”

In addition, the survey found:

  • Support for securing the border with the construction of a wall combined with technology and personnel;
  • Immigrants should be able to communicate in English;
  • Focus group respondents strongly believe immigrants are taking benefits that should go to Americans first.

Americans do not want more tired slogans and political posturing, they want solutions. And “Abolish ICE” is not the answer to either a broken immigration system or a party with no ideas.

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7 Comments

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    I hold a great concern how the Democrats are being knee jerked into an open border policy. The Democrats have a great chance to take back the house from the ever increasingly Plutocratic republicans. They are going to blow it again if we ignore the desires of the working class which include limiting immigration and stopping illegal immigration.
    On a National level , the democrats are terrible on immigration and population but the thing to remember is the Republicans who are in the pocket of the religious fundamentalist are terrible globally which increases the pressure on our borders . Every time they are in office they reduce funding for family planning, contraceptions and needed abortions and world populations continues to explode in third world countries where living standards are terrible and there is a great desire to move to the first world countries

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    All 3 comments are accurate. Anyone who lives or fled a sanctuary city know the danger. Towns are overwhelmed with drop shipped non-speaking illegal invaders. Who do you think spports them? What of the untaxed money wired out of America? Police afraid to leave the station? Bankrupted hospitals? Multi-lingual schools?
    Legal American citizens are being treated as 2nd class citizens.

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    ILLEGAL ALIENS are INVADERS! WE are a sovereign nation. WE are NOT obligated to take in EVERY impoverished, poorly educated, unskilled person in the WORLD, who’d like to live HERE, in the “Lifestyle in which they’d like to become accustomed”, courtesy of the AMERICAN TAX PAYERS!…….. Anybody else remember when the LEFT tried to get the public to accept that the words “tax payers” was racist?

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    J. R. Alexander on

    I did not coin the term; but believe the term I’ve been reading: “Illegal Alien INVADERS” fits the bill precisely. Calling the INVADERS of our Sovereign Nation (e.g., crossing our borders as an invading force) anything other than that is providing support and sanctuary for them and whatever they claim as their cause. With the Border Patrol being undermanned, perhaps backing them up with an armed military might (?) get the point across that the United States IS a Nation of Laws to be defended until such time as a Wall is built with “Private Property – Keep Out” signs on the South side.

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    The Democratic Socialists, or Social Democrats, have stripped off the mask entirely. We know they’re Open Borders Lunatics. The House took up a resolution expressing support for ICE. Only 12 Democrats voted for it. The rest were too cowardly to openly oppose it; they voted “present.” Look for the moonbats to hammer them for that [non-]vote. After all, anything less than full-throated support for The Agenda means you’re a NAZI.

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