Democrats Call for Open Borders in Lurch Leftward

2019 June 28
by bc3b

In many ways last night was much more telling than Wednesday night as the candidates worked to out-liberal one another. They demonstrated how far left the party has moved since Barack Obama ran in 2008 and 2012.

Nowhere was that more evident than when the debate focused on immigration. To a man/woman the candidates were in lockstep. They want:

  • Open borders
  • Any of the world’s 7+ billion people can come to the US/no background checks
  • No enforcement of immigration laws
  • Elimination of ICE
  • Amnesty
  • Full benefits, including medical care, for anyone who enters the US

Unfortunately, being leftists themselves, the moderators didn’t ask probing, but necessary questions like:

  • How are we going to afford mass immigration?
  • What effect will it have on the US?
  • What will we do with tens/hundreds of millions of uneducated, unskilled immigrants in an era when McDonald’s is experimenting with automation/robotics that will reduce staffing by more than 50%?
  • How will this impact education, medical treatment, education, crime, housing and other elements of American life?
  • If the majority of US residents are from third world countries, won’t the US become a third world country?

… because asking any of those questions would be racissst.

There’s one clear policy takeaway from the second Democratic debate in Miami on Thursday night — the Democratic candidates are pushing for de facto open borders.

In a stunning moment, every single candidate on stage, including the leaders of the pack — former Vice President Joe Biden and Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders — raised their hands to signal their support for government-run health care that covers illegal immigrants. The move was particularly notable for Biden, since former President Barack Obama made a point of assuring voters his healthcare plan would not cover illegal immigrants.

South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg expressed similar reasoning, then pivoted to saying that the illegal immigrants already in the country should have a pathway to citizenship — a policy no one on stage opposed.

“This is not about a handout,” he said of covering illegal immigrants with state-funded health care. “This is an insurance program. And we do ourselves no favors by having 11 million undocumented people in our country be unable to access health care. But, of course, the real problem is we shouldn’t have 11 million undocumented people with no pathway to citizenship.”

Later in the debate, all but one of the candidates again raised their hands, this time to signal they would decriminalize border crossings. Only Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet, who is polling at less than 1 percent, objected to the plan.

The candidates’ enthusiastic response contrasted sharply with the vibe Wednesday night, when former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro asked everyone on stage to back his decriminalization proposal (Sen. Elizabeth Warren joined him in pushing it this month). The other candidates seemed reluctant to do so, and Castro chided former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke for expressing hesitations about the plan making it difficult for border agents to prosecute criminals.

“If you did your homework on this issue, you would know that we should repeal this section,” Castro told O’Rourke.

California Sen. Kamala Harris said her first priority as president would be to protect the illegal immigrants already in the country from deportation, make it easier for those applying for asylum to get in, and stop the separation of children from their parents mandated by current border law.

“We cannot forget our DACA recipients, and so I’m going to start there,” Harris said. “I will immediately, by executive action, reinstate DACA status and DACA protection to those young people. I will further extend protection for deferral of deportation for their parents and for veterans, who we have so many who are undocumented and have served our country and fought for our democracy.”

“I will also immediately put in place a meaningful process for reviewing the cases for asylum,” she continued. “I will release children from cages. I will get rid of the private detention centers.”

All of the candidates who spoke to the issue of child separation at the border condemned the Trump administration’s handling of the situation, although Biden was given a pass on the fact that the Obama administration carried out similar policies.

The NBC debate moderator did confront Biden about Obama’s high deportation rate, saying the Obama-Biden administration deported more than 3 million immigrants. Biden responded by reiterating that immigrants should not be deported if their only crime is crossing the border, and called attacks on Obama’s handling of the border “immoral.”

“If they committed a major crime, they should be deported,” he said. “And the president was left in a — President Obama I think did a heck of a job. To compare him to what this guy [Trump] is doing is absolutely, I find immoral.”

Self-help guru and best-selling author Marianne Williamson’s earlier comment on health care summed up the apparent mood from Democrats on unfettered immigration policies — “I agree with almost everything here.”

Harris also reiterated her support for another immigration proposal supported by the Democrat Party — sanctuary cities. Immigrants should not have to fear deportation if they report a crime to local police, she said.

“I want a rape victim to be able to run in the middle of — to run in the middle of the street and wave down a police officer and report the crime against her,” Harris said. “I want anybody who has been the victim of any real crime to be able to do that, and not be afraid that if they do that, they will be deported, because the abuser will tell them it is they who is the criminal.”

Under the policies outlined by Harris and others on the debate stage Thursday night, immigrants could cross the border without fear of major legal repercussions, live and work in American cities without fear of deportation, and receive free health care coverage. Those who are already in the country illegally would be allowed to become citizens. The southern border would cease to exist as a meaningful divide.

The aforementioned candidates were joined on the stage Thursday by New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, California Rep. Eric Swalwell and entrepreneur Andrew Yang.

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15 Responses leave one →
  1. 2019 June 28 4:09 am
    bc3b permalink

    Had the US been colonized by people from El Salvador, Somalia or Haiti, it would look like and be as progressive as El Salvador, Somalia or Haiti.

    This would be like the Titanic’s captain purposely aiming for icebergs. As the Titanic proved, there are enough icebergs in the water without purposely trying to hit them.

  2. 2019 June 28 4:41 am
    drdog09 permalink


    You will know when we have hit rock bottom in this country when the people from El Salvador, Somalia or Haiti, MOVE BACK to their birthplace!

    If the GOP was smart, and that is always in doubt, they would put together a video spot very similar the ‘Seattle is Dying’ piece made by KOMO. Long format and all. And then at the end pose a query in the same frame of mind as the Daisy ad of yore — “Is this what you want America to become?”

  3. 2019 June 28 4:52 am
    bc3b permalink

    Did Harris lie about her busing experience?

    No one (including the supposed fact-checkers) are going to call Harris out. That would be racissst and sexist. She knows it. A Harris presidency would make Obama’s presidency look like a Sunday school picnic.

  4. 2019 June 28 6:16 am
    justrand permalink

    and Chief “Justice” Roberts is all-in for open borders…

  5. 2019 June 28 6:25 am
    bc3b permalink

    JR #4 –

    Alioto was the only Bush43 appointee that wasn’t a loser. And he was forced on Gringo Jorge after cooler heads were able to persuade him that Harriet Miers was totally unqualified.

  6. 2019 June 28 6:34 am
    bc3b permalink

    People you can stick a fork in:

    Williamson, Gillibrand, Hickenlooper, Yang, Bennet, Swalwell, de Blasio, Ryan, Castro, Booker, O’Dork, Klobuchar, Inslee, Delaney.

  7. 2019 June 28 6:47 am
    drdog09 permalink


    Reports are Biden did not fare too well either.

  8. 2019 June 28 6:50 am
    drdog09 permalink

    Good, oh so very good …

  9. 2019 June 28 7:10 am
    drdog09 permalink

    Question for all the BJGers:

    Would you have heart burn if Trump dumped Bolton and selected Tulsi Gabbard as a replacement?

    Yeah she’s a Dim. But she is not a Globalist either.

  10. 2019 June 28 7:11 am
    fight on permalink

    Biden is toast. He was an epic failure when confronted by Harris.

    In his response to her he abruptly stopped and said “oh I see I am out of time”

    He threw in the towel.

  11. 2019 June 28 7:24 am
    bc3b permalink

    drdog09 – #9

    I have never liked nor trusted Bolton. He is a chicken hawk neocon. During the Vietnam War he was in an Army Reserve unit that had absolutely no chance of being called up. If Bolton accidentally got backed over by a Presidential limo and the Lady Frogs kicked our lesbian team’s ass, it would be a perfect day.

  12. 2019 June 28 11:42 am

    9 – No, I’d like to see Bolton gone, but Gabbard’s on domestic policy is as disastrous as the rest of the clown car, I don’t want her anywhere near the WH.

  13. 2019 June 28 11:45 am

    We need to stop calling it “Open borders”, it’s “No borders”, ‘open’ implies something exists and can be ‘closed’. Not to mention we’re not even allowed to ask whom is or is not an actual citizen.

  14. 2019 June 28 2:27 pm
    justrand permalink

    I used to like Bolton, but have serious doubts about him now. Tulsi Gabbard wouldn’t take the job even if offered, however.

  15. 2019 June 28 2:28 pm
    justrand permalink

    KH: “We need to stop calling it “Open borders”, it’s “No borders”, ‘open’ implies something exists and can be ‘closed’. Not to mention we’re not even allowed to ask whom is or is not an actual citizen.”


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