“it’s hard to see much daylight between Warren’s plan and de facto open borders”
The latest WSJ/NBC Democrat primary poll shows Sen, Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) leaving Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in the dust. Warren, though, may want to rethink her strategy of lunging to the far left, particularly when it comes to embracing open borders.
Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., lead the Democratic presidential field, according to the national NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll’s opening measure of the 2020 horse race.
Biden gets the support of 26 percent of voters who say they will participate in next year’s Democratic primaries or caucuses, while 19 percent back Warren.
They’re followed by Sens. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., who are tied at 13 percent.
Warren’s extremist immigration proposal, revealed last week, is raising eyebrows on the progressive left.
"I have previously criticized Republicans who accused liberals of wanting 'open borders.' President Trump tweets about this endlessly. But I have to admit that it’s hard to see much daylight between Warren’s plan and de facto open borders." https://t.co/0tm1TrfjaC pic.twitter.com/j707PvsgzS
— Kevin Drum (@kdrum) July 12, 2019
Writing at the progressive outlet Mother Jones, Drum asks, “Are Democrats Now the Party of Open Borders?”
Elizabeth Warren has an immigration plan. Here are the highlights:
- Decriminalizes unauthorized immigration and returns to the civil enforcement we had before George Bush began Operation Streamline.
- Eliminates abusive immigration enforcement and keeps law enforcement at arms length from CBP and ICE.
- Reduces and reforms immigrant detention.
- Reforms immigration courts.
- Raises the refugee cap to 125,000 and affirms refugee protections.
- Reforms legal immigration and creates a path to citizenship.
This is a curious plan. As near as I can tell, it recommends no actions to improve border law enforcement in any way. There’s nothing about either a wall or a “virtual wall.” There’s nothing about E-Verify. There’s nothing about “smarter” or “more efficient” enforcement. No one will ever be deported—except, presumably, for serious felons, though Warren doesn’t even say that explicitly.
Expedited removal will be ended. The Border Patrol will be reshaped from “top to bottom,” and will focus their efforts on “homeland security efforts like screening cargo, identifying counterfeit goods, and preventing smuggling and trafficking.” The whole thing is very similar to Julian Castro’s plan.
The answer to his question is, of course, “yes.” And Warren has apparently decided to go all-in on open borders . . . while stopping just short of explicitly saying so.
Immigration activists are disrupting @ewarren’s speech with a sign declaring: “LEGALIZE 11 MILLION & REUNIFY ALL FAMILIES.”
Warren: “I’m already there.”
— Kevin Robillard (@Robillard) July 13, 2019
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