Sen. Chuck Schumer made some startling admissions last week about his immigration views: “We have a population that is not reproducing on its own with the same level that it used to. The only way we’re going to have a great future in America is if we welcome and embrace immigrants, the dreamers and all of them, because our ultimate goal is to help the dreamers but to get a path to citizenship for all 11 million or however many undocumented there are here.”
The honesty was breathtaking. For so long, Schumer and his party have danced around the truth: They want to legalize anyone coming over our border for any reason.
Schumer wasn’t always this brazen about wanting open borders for all. In 2014, he bragged that President Barack Obama was serious about enforcing immigration law and had “deported more people than any other president.” Schumer used to at least mouth some lines about securing the border when pushing for legalization. No more.
That’s why it’s so important Americans know that the jig — that Democrats want anything resembling reasonable immigration policies — is up. But it’s going to require Republicans putting on their big-boy pants and pointing it out.
Republicans have to stop licking their wounds from an election that didn’t go as well as they’d hoped and start really fighting. The Senate majority leader is candidly saying he is done with anything resembling immigration law and wants to move to legalize every person in the country illegally. This is an intensely bad idea the majority of the country opposes.
You can tell it’s a political loser as Schumer, who won re-election by 13 points, waited until after the election to tell us all how his party plans to disregard immigration policy and just legalize anyone it wants.
The idea that we have only 11 million illegal immigrants in the country is also laughable. The “or however many” is doing the heavy lifting in Schumer’s declaration. A 2009 Reuters piece on Schumer’s immigration policies had the number at 12 million. The US Border Patrol had 227,547 encounters along our southwest border in September alone. These have been the numbers for much of 2022 and 2021. We had nearly 5 million people in just two years enter on just the southern border. Unlike Democrats, we can do math: 11 million is the lowest of lowballs.
Republicans are generally afraid to go hard on immigration. Isn’t that, gosh, golly, racist? No! There is nothing racist about having borders. There is nothing racist about saying each country gets to control who enters. There’s nothing racist about saying people who break the law to enter don’t get put at the front of the line for citizenship. No.
Race is irrelevant. No one wants 200,000 white Europeans rolling into our airports every month either. It’s the quantity of people that is unsustainable, coupled with a nonexistent, corrupted process and a catastrophic result for so many towns and cities.
Look what happened when Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis flew just 49 migrants to Martha’s Vineyard in September. It caused pandemonium on the island, and they were sent away the very next day.
One of the richest enclaves in the world couldn’t handle the tiniest influx, but our border towns are expected to simply accept thousands every single day. It’s wrong. We all know it.
Elections aren’t the only time for parties to present their cases to the American people. Money should be spent on ads — yes, today — to hammer home that Democrats are admitting to wanting an open border where we legalize anyone who comes through.
I’m an immigrant. I want reasonable immigration to this country. But what we have now is nothing resembling the process my family went through. We had to apply, wait and be approved to come to this country. We had to have someone who pledged to support us if we couldn’t support ourselves. We were refugees, and we still could not simply stroll in.
Or, as President Donald Trump said in 2019, “If you open the borders, my God, there’s a lot of poverty in this world, and you’re going to have people from all over the world.”
Actually, that was Sen. Bernie Sanders. And he was right.