For those gentle readers who didn’t notice because of all of the coronavirus hysteria in the news, the two last Democratic old white guys standing, former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, had a televised debate recently. Rep Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, the sole female presidential candidate remaining, was not invited.
In any case, while the coronavirus dominated the first half of the two hours of the two old men yelling at each other, oddly enough other issues somehow snuck on the agenda. One of those issues was illegal immigration.
Biden, who hitherto had pretended to be a moderate, had a decidedly different view of things than President Trump. In essence, his policy would be no deportations for any reason except for felonies while in America.
According to the Daily Caller, Biden promised that during the first 100 days of his administration, a blanket moratorium on deportations would be imposed. Afterward, the only illegal immigrants who would be deported would be those who committed felonies while inside the United States.
Local police would be required not to cooperate with ICE in the pursuit of people who are in the United States illegally. In effect, the United States would become a sanctuary country for illegal immigrants.
Also, Biden would submit a bill to Congress that would mandate a path to citizenship for all illegal aliens inside the United States. The concept of illegal immigrants would be abolished. Anyone who crosses the border, whether legally or not, would be able to seek citizenship.
Biden also took a swipe at former President Barack Obama who, despite using open borders rhetoric, was not shy of deporting illegals, even separating families, both policies that President Trump has been savagely attacked for. Biden said that his old boss’s policy was a “big mistake” and that he “took too long getting it right.”
Biden even struggled to align his language to the politically correct terminology. According to the Washington Examiner.
“Just like I have argued all along: Any woman who crosses the border or is here and being beaten by her husband, but she’s undocumented, she cannot be deported because she reports. There are certain things you cannot deport an undocumented alien for — an undocumented person for.”
The term “alien” is considered bad, except as part of a direct quote, or presumably, to describe someone who arrives from another planet.
Biden also shoe-horned the coronavirus pandemic as a reason to introduce an open borders policy. He said, “Anyone who shows up to be tested for coronavirus or gets coronavirus and is treated would be held harmless.”
Biden also suggested that such a policy would be in the interest of “xenophobic folks,” presumably those people who oppose open borders, the theory being those illegal aliens who have sickened from coronavirus can be identified and isolated from the rest of us, citizens and legally resident aliens.
Analysts note that one reason for Biden to support open borders is that support for him has lagged among Latinos. His theory, which some have suggested is fallacious, is that Hispanic American voters support unrestricted immigration.
Biden may harbor misplace hopes, however. According to a recent Pew survey, 66 percent of Hispanic Americans support some kind of immigration reform. However, only a plurality of Latino voters, 46 percent, favor only a pathway to citizenship.
14 percent support better border security and enforcement while 38 percent favor both a path to citizenship and better border security equally. The findings hardly constitute blanket support of open borders among Hispanic Americans.
According to the Daily Caller, the Trump campaign’s reaction was swift and to the point. The rapid response operation called Biden “an open borders immigration extremist.”
It should also be noted that Pew found that only 23 percent of the general American population favor a path to citizenship, 41 percent support better border enforcement, and 33 percent favor both policies equally.
Biden used the often-repeated phrase “America is a nation of immigrants” that advocates of open borders employ to justify their position. Opponents of open borders counter that the policy devalues the contribution of citizens and legal immigrants.
It should also be noted that since President Trump instituted a crackdown on illegal immigration, Americans have enjoyed the first uptick in salaries in the current century.