“help push forward an agenda that lifts the voices and hopes of all immigrants to achieve justice for our communities”
When asked directly, Democrats typically deny being for open borders, but their base hasn’t gotten the memo. Activist groups are now pressuring 2020 Democrats to support an open borders policy.
Laura Barrón-López reports at Politico:
Progressive groups push 2020 Dems to decriminalize border crossings, defund ICE
Leading progressive groups will demand more Wednesday from Democratic White House hopefuls on immigration policy, calling for candidates to support the decriminalization of border crossings and the closure of detention camps.
In an effort to push the candidates to the left and fill a noticeable messaging void in the primary, eight liberal groups — including United We Dream Action, MoveOn, and Indivisible — want the presidential contenders to subscribe to their “Free to move, Free to stay” policy platform.
Progressives are laying down the marker ahead of the first Democratic presidential primary debates Wednesday and Thursday, and as President Donald Trump defends his detention of children at the border and threatens to round up families for deportation…
“When you think about the ‘Green New Deal,’ when you think about ‘Medicare for All,’ those are big visionary proposals, but it’s missing on immigration,” said Angel Padilla, national policy director for Indivisible.
The United We Dream website describes their goals in detail:
2020 presents an opportunity to mobilize voters and the nation around a new framework on immigration, one that is grounded in the shared vision of “helping people without hurting people.” Building off of the persistence and hard work of the immigrant justice movement and its allies, progressive candidates can now help push forward an agenda that lifts the voices and hopes of all immigrants to achieve justice for our communities.
Although the next president will inherit more detention camps and deportation agents than ever before, we know most Americans support citizenship, are appalled by the cruelty of detention camps, and oppose mass deportation. After these years of Trump’s runaway racism and decades of a deadly status quo built by both parties, progressive voters are now demanding a new president to stop the pain and lead the nation in a new direction.
The next president must use her/his moral and executive authority to drive policymaking in a direction based on the vision of “helping people without hurting people.” For decades, Washington has done the opposite. While new citizenship laws have been blocked in Congress, a bipartisan frenzy on increasing deportations and detention camps has led to ICE and CBP becoming the largest federal law enforcement agencies in the nation with little to no oversight.
MoveOn is another group involved in this push:
Immigrants coming to this country need to be met with compassion. We can only do that with an accessible pathway to citizenship, defunding ICE & CBP, and programs for humanitarian aid. We need to treat immigrants as human beings. #FreetoStay
— MoveOn (@MoveOn) June 27, 2019
Joe Schoffstall of the Washington Free Beacon notes that the timing of this isn’t coincidental, and names another organization we haven’t heard much about in recent years:
Many of the organizations now targeting the Democratic presidential hopefuls have been active since President Donald Trump took office.
The Center for Popular Democracy (CPD), Archila’s group, is leading a massive $80 million anti-Trump network that spans across more than 30 states and partners with more than 60 progressive organizations. The CPD consists of old chapters of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), which was stripped of its federal funding and forced to close following controversy in 2010.
The CPD has undertaken a number of successful boycott and pressure campaigns in recent years. One such effort resulted in the former CEO of Uber, Travis Kalanick, stepping away from Trump’s advisory council. The CPD also took aim at Nordstrom over its sales of Ivanka Trump products, which were ultimately pulled from the shelves. Nordstrom claimed the decision was made over declining sales.
The left clearly sees this not as a humanitarian issue but a political one. This is a further effort on their part to change the American electorate.DONATE
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