The Democrats’ Illegal Immigration Nightmare

27 Feb

In two memos released last week, the Department of Homeland Security outlined sweeping new guidelines to crack down on people living in the country illegally. The so-called “Dreamers” are still exempted from deportation, all other illegal aliens are put on notice:

Under this executive order, with extremely limited exceptions, DHS will not exempt classes or categories of removal aliens from potential enforcement. All of those in violation of the immigration laws may be subject to enforcement proceedings, up to and including removal from the United States. The guidance makes clear, however, that ICE should prioritize several categories of removable aliens who have committed crimes, beginning with those convicted of a criminal offense.

I have been writing about the high cost of cheap illegal immigrant labor for more than 10 years. I nodded my head in agreement as I read New York Times Political Columnist Tom Edsall’s recent column, “The Democrats’ Immigration Problem.” Edsall wrote:

In any analysis of the 2016 vote, it is difficult to separate the issues of immigration and free trade. In an October 2016 report, Pew found that Trump voters were decisively more hostile to both free trade agreements and immigration than the general public, and much more hostile than Clinton supporters.

A detailed analysis of exit polls in four key states that helped deliver the election to Donald Trump — Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin — produced interesting findings not only about Hispanics, but also African-Americans — who are less supportive of liberal immigration policies than other core Democratic constituencies — and whites. In each of these states, opposition to immigration was higher than the national average.

Nolan McCarty, a political scientist at Princeton, said:

Purely in terms of politics and strategy, the Democrats have played immigration badly. They have allowed their position to be associated with open borders and sanctuary cities. They have based their opposition to the immigration restrictionists in terms of identity politics rather the economic benefits of well-managed immigration. This has caused them to be deaf to concerns that many voters have about the effects of immigration on wages and public services. While I do not think the evidence shows immigration has these alleged harms, the Democrats have to do better than dismiss all opposition to immigration as racism.

Democrats have to do a lot better. According to a survey from Harvard–Harris Poll, Americans overwhelmingly oppose sanctuary cities.

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Similarly, a new Quinnipiac University National Poll found an eye-popping 94 percent of respondents want illegal immigrants to be deported under certain circumstances.

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The Quinnipiac University National Poll is available here.

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