To an outside observer, the Democratic debates last week looked like a one way trip to crazy town. As The New York Times noted:
“Raise your hand if you think it should be a civil offense rather than a crime to cross the border without documentation?” José Díaz-Balart, one of the moderators, asked.
Eight candidates raised their hands, some more eagerly than others. Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. raised a finger.
When pressed by Mr. Díaz-Balart about whether he would deport undocumented immigrants without a criminal record, Mr. Biden did little to clarify his specific stance, instead defending the Obama administration’s policies that deported roughly three million undocumented immigrants.
So come on in! How a “civil offense” would work in real life was left unexplained. If the Border Patrol comes across some border crossers, do they just write them a ticket and send them on their way? “Civil Offense” is just another way to say we’ve stopped enforcing borders.
But that wasn’t even the craziest part.
As The Washington Times notes:
Every single Democrat on the debate stage Thursday said he or she would grant government health insurance to illegal immigrants, plowing new ground well beyond the boundaries of Obamacare.
“Our country is healthier when everybody is healthier,” said Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Indiana.
Even former Vice President Joseph R. Biden said he would extend coverage to illegal immigrants — a reversal from his stance in the Obama administration, when Democrats considered and specifically rejected the idea as too controversial and unfair.
“You cannot let people who are sick, no matter where they come from, no matter what their status, go uncovered,” Mr. Biden said. “It’s the humane thing to do.”
Democrats are so enthusiastic about illegal aliens, they’re going to give them healthcare. I imagine the 7 billion plus future Americans all around the world know who they’re supporting! And yet, in spite of this insanity, I saw the media weekend damage control on the rounds of cable TV insisting that the Democrats were not open borders.
Although this debate was as in-your-face on open borders as you could imagine, it’s not actually a new position. They’ve just decided to stop hiding it. During the 2014 border crisis, prominent Democrats couldn’t wait to embrace all of border crossers who made it onto US territory. Of course that was a different time, when President Obama could stack illegal children in cages like cordwood with zero bad press for his trouble.
It does make you wonder, who is the voting constituency for all of this pandering to non-Americans? Is the desire for open borders really that strong among the Democratic base? And even if it is, why is Beto campaigning in Mexico this week? Even by Democratic pandering standards, this is bizarre. Well I hope the asylum seekers in Ciudad Juarez ask some tough questions of their candidate.