As anyone could have predicted, the 2020 Democratic primaries are turning into one big game of “Who Can Be More Leftist Than Everyone Else?” Blind to what this will do to the eventual candidate when they are forced to go up against President Trump in the general election, party voters (or at least those represented on social media) are gleefully pushing the candidates to embrace this game. By the time all is said and done, the risen ghost of Chairman Mao himself might take a look at the last man/woman standing and say, “Really, America? What are you doing?”
Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren called Tuesday for repealing the decades-old law criminalizing unauthorized border crossing ― the same law the Trump administration used to systematically split up families at the border last year.
Warren joins fellow 2020 contender Julián Castro and several other prominent Democrats in backing a reform that, if enacted, would give civil immigration courts exclusive legal control over immigration enforcement at the border. Under the current system, tens of thousands of migrants who cross without authorization, including some asylum-seekers, face federal prosecution in criminal courts and jail time before they get in front of an administrative judge, who decides their immigration cases
Those facing deportation in an immigration court are not being accused of a crime. But crossing the border without authorization is also a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail. Repeat offenders can be charged anywhere in the country and convicted with little more than evidence of a deportation on their record and punished with sentences ranging up to 20 years, depending on the migrant’s criminal record.
To put it bluntly, what Warren is proposing is to eliminate one of the few deterrents the U.S. actually has in place to discourage illegal immigrants from trying their luck again and again. It is not, certainly, a step in the direction of solving the border crisis. Indeed, it is the very sort of move that would worsen our problems a thousandfold. With this proposal, Warren is declaring herself a proud champion of open borders. Is that really what Democratic Party voters are looking to support these days?
“We should not be criminalizing mamas and babies trying to flee violence at home or trying to build a better future,” said Warren. “We must pass comprehensive immigration reform that is in line with our values, creates a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants including our DREAMers, and protects our borders.”
Mamas and babies, really? Just shut up.
Our hope is that Warren does somehow grab the nomination, because President Trump will absolutely eat her alive. Persist THIS, Pocahontas.