The DNC Declares War on Immigration Enforcement

I am on the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) press release distribution list. Yesterday, I noted a release that blamed efforts to enforce immigration laws for inconveniences to citizens and legitimate border-crossers, while making no mention of the border chaos that necessitates stronger enforcement.

Today, I got another one. This one was not from the DNC, but rather the “DNC War Room.” The content of the release is far less important than the self-described site of origin: The DNC War Room. Admittedly, terms like “war” and “war rooms” have become trivialized. Athletes talk about “going to war” with the other team. Professional sports teams don’t just set up rooms where coaches, scouts, and executives decide on which players to draft; they have “war rooms.”

Political parties are in the business of trying to win elections, and that entails high stakes efforts to convince voters that the other guys’ policies are bad and ours are better. But the difference between politics and war is that politics is supposed to be a contest of ideas. The other party is not the enemy against whom war is waged; it is the opposition which, at the end of the day and regardless of the outcome, is still part of us.

In functional democracies (like ours used to be), one party has sought to prevail over the other by persuading voters that they can do a better job. In war, the aim is to destroy the enemy, by almost any means necessary. The objective is not to persuade, but rather to impose an outcome. In healthy democracies the defeated party accepts the verdict of the voters, regroups and gets ready to battle it out in the next election. They do not reconstitute themselves as “the resistance,” and work to undermine the legitimacy of the party in power.

Tellingly, the DNC is not at war with the oligarchs who are largely responsible for the human misery that is driving people to leave Central America at a rate of 100,000 a month. They are not at war with despots and genocidal regimes around the world. They are not at war with foreign powers that are stealing the intellectual property which is the bedrock of our 21st century economy. Rather, they are at war with the president for trying to control chaotic immigration, while they block commonsense legislation that might stem the flow.

Nor should the Republicans feel too smug about all this. There is little reason to doubt that had Hillary Clinton won the election, that the RNC would not be huddled in a bunker somewhere on Capitol Hill waging their own righteous war of resistance.

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Ira joined the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) in 1986 with experience as a journalist, professor of journalism, special assistant to Gov. Richard Lamm (Colorado), and press secretary of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. His columns have appeared in National Review, LA Times, NY Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, and more. He is an experienced TV and radio commentator.


  1. avatar
    Dave Mittner on

    Oh pleeeaaaase.

    War Room per Merriam-Webster: a room (as at a business headquarters) used for conferences and planning that is often specially equipped (as with computers, or charts)

    They’re common in business. I used to attend war rooms as a junior-level analytics programmer for a CDN some 15 years ago.

    This is just classic, childish right-wing fearmongering, relying on the ignorance of the viewers to frame a mundane practice as something radical to elicit an emotional response.

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      Actually the last paragraph in the story calls on Republicans not to do the same thing. And there is a war declared by many prominent Democrats, including members of Congress like Maxine Waters who called on people to “gather a crowd and confront” any member of the Trump administration in public. And in fact that has happened in numerous instances. There is also the fact that when conservatives try to speak at colleges the left attempts to stop them from speaking.

  2. avatar
    Yazmin Linares on

    Just do what the Israelis have already done CLOSE THE BORDER & BUILD THE WALL ALREADY & stop wasting anymore time with Mexico!!

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    The GOP deserves their fair share of criticism no doubt. But at least the GOP voters said blank you, we are not voting for your open border candidates like Jeb and Lindsey Graham. The party elite hated Trump not just for personal reasons but for his policies.

    But the Democrats have take a walk off a left wing cliff. Their only war is for illegals to continue to invade this country. The “moderates” who ran last fall pledged not to vote for Pelosi as speaker and then they did just that, and they have lined up behind every left wing party agenda. Hillary was saying Julian Assange deserves what he gets. Ironic considering that she used an unsecure server that China penetrated for at least a couple years.

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    charlie fowler on

    Not a SINGLE demonicrat will be reelected or elected in 2020. Thanks to the WALK AWAY CAMPAIGNS , the dnc isn’t going to have the numbers… Their PINK VAGINAS are causing CLIMATE CHANGE…