A liberal fundraising organization – the Center for American Progress Action Fund – sent out a memo this week that advised Democrats to go to the mattresses on behalf of Obama’s Dreamers. The memo, authored by former Clinton campaign communications director Jennifer Palmieri, was apparently meant to pressure top Democratic donors to pressure lawmakers into keeping their promise to pass some form of amnesty for the illegal immigrants.
In the memo, the CAP Action organization warns Democrats to “refuse to offer any votes for Republican spending bills that do not offer a fix for Dreamers and instead appropriate funds to deport them.”
“The fight to protect Dreamers is not only a moral imperative, it is also a critical component of the Democratic Party’s future electoral success,” reads the memo. “If Democrats don’t try to do everything in their power to defend Dreamers, that will jeopardize Democrats’ electoral chances in 2018 and beyond. In short, the next few weeks will tell us a lot about the Democratic Party and its long-term electoral prospects.”
We know a lot of liberals live in pot-friendly states, but seriously…what are they smoking?
We’re reluctant to advise the Democrats on political strategy, but if we were to devise a super-secret, double-agent memo meant to actually sink the party’s chances of mounting a midterms comeback, it would be indistinguishable from this one. How this party thinks that amnesty for illegal immigrants is the key to unlocking their own political future is a mystery. They know these people can’t vote, right? And yeah, we know that they have some pie-in-the-sky plans to fix that, but it’s not going to happen by November, now is it? What the hell are they thinking?
You don’t have to be a political expert to figure out that you focus the majority of your political time reaching out to constituencies that can actually help you win elections. That’s just a fact of life. So why would any Democrat believe that protecting non-citizens – people who can never cast a vote for them – is the hill to die on? We know they have this idea that amnesty for illegals is a hot topic among Hispanics, but do they really think that the Hispanics that feel that way are going to turn on them and start voting Republican? None of this makes any sense!
But what worries us is not that Democrats are going to go all out to protect Dreamers – we quite hope that they do. What worries us is that Republicans are going to forget that Donald Trump won on a strong anti-illegal immigration platform that does not particularly jibe with this sort of legislation. If they can get the moon (or, you know, the wall) in exchange for amnesty, so be it. But if they just give it away because they’re afraid of a shutdown…well, the reaction on the ground is not going to be pretty.