Even as the nation grapples with a historic FY 2019 surge in border apprehensions, a one million asylum case backlog, and the rise of sanctuary jurisdictions that shield criminal illegal aliens from immigration authorities, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper managed to avoid asking a stage full of prospective presidents how they would handle these matters if elected. CNN could have included an immigration-related question, or two. However, the outlet’s increasingly overt political agenda may have prevented this from occurring.
The moderators’ failure to ask about immigration-related issues on the national stage did not go unnoticed. Candidate Julian Castro, made it clear that moderators made a colossal mistake by leaving out the topic. He later tweeted that “three hours and no questions tonight about…immigration…children are still in cages at the border,” notwithstanding the fact that neither kids, nor anyone else, are being kept in cages.
Even supportive audience members became frustrated with the moderator questions, expressing that hours went by with no discussion on immigration.
In three debates this summer, candidates spent most of their time discussing healthcare. While immigration was covered in earlier debates, the topic has progressively gotten less airtime in the last three debates.
It is perplexing and unfathomable that a major news network did not focus on a political issue that remains a top priority for American voters. Perhaps the network took note of recent polls indicating that a significant amount of voters, including Democrats, do not support the immigration positions taken by the candidates and wished to shield them from hostility. Or perhaps the network is still in denial about there even being an issue with our nation’s immigration system. Either way, both approaches are inexcusable.