The Democratic party released a draft of their 2016 platform recently and the sharp contrast between their current stance on illegal immigration and the stance during the 2008 election is enough to give people whiplash. At the very least, it illustrates how far left the Democratic party has moved in 8 short years.
For example, here is what the Dems said about immigration way back in 2008:
“We cannot continue to allow people to enter the United States undetected, undocumented, and unchecked. The American people are a welcoming and generous people, but those who enter our country’s borders illegally, and those who employ them, disrespect the rule of the law.”
“We need to secure our borders, and support additional personnel, infrastructure, and technology on the border and at our ports of entry. We need additional Customs and Border Protection agents equipped with better technology and real-time intelligence.”
Their 2012 platform included language that could easily be considered denial:
“Today, the Southwest border is more secure than at any time in the past 20 years. Unlawful crossings are at a 40-year low, and the Border Patrol is better staffed than at any time in its history. We are continuing to work to hold employers accountable for whom they hire.”
By contrast, the 2016 platform makes no mention of border security. It states that, “immigration is not a problem to be solved.”
The Dems are proposing getting rid of the three-year, ten-year, and permanent immigration bars that Bill Clinton signed into law.
“We will work with Congress to end the lengthy, forced, and prolonged expulsion from the country that many immigrants endure when trying to adjust their status by rescinding the three- year, ten-year and permanent bars.” The three-year bar refers to re-entry of immigrants who have more than six months of illegal presence. The ten-year bar puts a stop to re-entry for aliens who have more than one year of illegal presence.
“We will invest in immigrant integration services, expand access to English language education, and promote naturalization to help the millions of people who are eligible for citizenship take that last step.”
Are you surprised by how quickly the Dems have moved even further to the left?