Democrats crowed mightily about their agenda once it became certain they would control both Congress and the White House.
But now that the hard work of governing has begun and the party’s far-left faction has started pushing their priorities, some Democrats are pulling back and urging caution.
The warning goes something like this: ‘Don’t overreach with the most controversial stuff because doing so will cost us the majority in 2022.’
That is especially true when it comes to immigration policy.
Before Joe Biden sat down in the Oval Office, there was a huge stack of executive orders sitting on the Resolute Desk waiting for him to sign. Many of them undid former President Donald Trump’s policies of tough border enforcement.
And now that the administration is pushing what amounts to an amnesty — a ‘pathway to citizenship’ for tens of millions of illegal aliens, some Democrats are getting nervous about blowback from Americans.
Under the headline, “‘Recipe for disaster’: Dem fears mount over immigration overhaul,” Politico reported on Thursday:
“The way we’re doing it right now is catastrophic and is a recipe for disaster in the middle of a pandemic,” said Rep. Vicente Gonzalez, one of the three Texas Democrats who represents part of the border most affected by spikes in migrant arrests and arrivals.
“Our party should be concerned. If we go off the rails, it’s going to be bad for us,” Gonzalez said. “Biden is going to be dealing with a minority in Congress if he continues down some of these paths.”
Interestingly, several surveys show that American Latinos are not in favor of mass migration because huge influxes of migrants would threaten to displace them and disenfranchise them in terms of jobs, wages, schools, and neighborhoods.
For instance, in April 2020, 69 percent of Hispanics responded affirmatively when asked by a Washington Post pollster: “Would you support … temporarily blocking nearly all immigration into the United States during the coronavirus outbreak?” Just 30 percent of Hispanics shutting immigration down.
That stat is higher than the 67 percent of whites who supported blocking immigration, in part because 45 percent of self-identified liberals opposed any pause.
Of the Hispanics who oppose mass migration, Rep. Henry Cuellar, (D-TX), told Politico, “The focus for them is on jobs, the economy, the raise I got at work, the cost of health care and if I can take a loan out for my business. We gotta be careful that we don’t give the impression that we have open borders because otherwise, the numbers are going to start going up. And surely enough, we’re starting to see numbers go up.”
Mass migration has already had a devastating economic impact on Texas, where one-quarter of all workers were born outside the U.S.
“When all 254 counties in Texas were considered, all but 32 had wages below the national average,” the Bureau of Labor Standards reported in March 2020.
“The counties with the highest average weekly wages were concentrated around the larger metropolitan areas of Dallas, Houston, and Austin, as well as the smaller areas of Midland, Odessa, and Amarillo. Lower-paying counties tended to be located in the agricultural areas of central Texas, the Texas Panhandle, and along the Texas-Mexico border,” the agency added.
The facts are clear: Not only does mass migration negatively impact jobs and workers’ income, but most Hispanic Americans also oppose it and so do a rising number of Democrats.
A plurality of Dem & liberal voters favor letting Fortune 500 CEOs import contract workers for the jobs needed by US college grads.
Everyone else opposes the outsourcing.
Swing voters oppose it by 66% to 22%.
GOP voters oppose it by 78% to 14% #H1B #OPThttps://t.co/2bLOfsw3bG
— Neil Munro (@NeilMunroDC) February 11, 2021