Inevitably, when you set a full pot of water to boil on the kitchen stove, it will eventually boil over onto the countertop. But now that President Obama’s legacy of DACA and DAPA has boiled over to become the Democratic Party’s new, extremist approach to illegal immigration, former administration officials are shocked and dismayed by this predictable turn of events.
According to The Hill, “top former Obama administration officials are warning Democratic presidential candidates to back off from their proposals to decriminalize border crossings, saying that it’s a bad policy and surefire general election loser that gives President Trump an opening on immigration.”
Gee, where were those people to warn President Obama that refusing to call ISIS an “Islamic terrorism” group was just about as bad?
Nevertheless, the concern coming from these officials is concrete proof (as if any were needed) that the Democratic Party of even a few short years ago was mild and moderate compared to the one trying to capture the White House today.
From The Hill:
In an op-ed in The Washington Post this week, former Obama Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said that decriminalization would attract hundreds of thousands of new migrants to the southern border. He described the proposal as “tantamount to declaring publicly that we have open borders.”
Several of former President Obama’s top homeland security officials interviewed by The Hill went on the record to express shock and dismay after eight of the 10 Democratic presidential contenders on stage at the second night of the debate raised their hands when asked if they support the decriminalization of border crossings.
“We can’t go too far to the left for what people could describe as open borders,” said Marsha Catron, a former deputy assistant secretary at the Department of Homeland Security during the Obama administration. “I think all of those people onstage who raised their hands will have to walk it back if they make it to the general election or the White House.”
Most of the former officials that The Hill interviewed were quick to make excuses for the Democrats, saying that the extreme legalization proposals have come as a reaction to Trump’s “abuse” of federal law. The absurdity of that aside, though, they all recognized that the Democrats were heading down a political cul-de-sac.
It remains to be seen if current Democrats will awaken to the same conclusion.