When pressed on the issue of immigration, Democrats believe in reform that includes a pathway to citizenship.
They mention amnesty for illegal aliens (except they use the euphemism “undocumented workers), but they never talk about how many immigrants they want to bring in.
But there’s a reason why they’re unable to produce a specific number.
It’s because the Democratic Party wants open borders. Only they can’t say so because it polls terribly with Americans. In fact, many single-issue voters propelled Donald Trump to the White House because of his stance on immigration.
After Trump threatened to cut funding to sanctuary cities, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh said,
“If people want to live here, they’ll live here. They can use my office. They can use any office in this building.”
It would be interesting to know if Walsh would allow the dispossessed Americans citizens in his city to live in his office.
Despite Mayor Walsh’s proclamation, a Harvard-Harris Poll showed 80% of Americans opposed sanctuary cities.
Dan Stein of FAIR (Federation for American Immigration Reform) put it more bluntly:
“The average American basically likes the idea of immigration, maybe loves the concept — it’s played an important historic role in our history — but would be perfectly fine if we didn’t have another immigrant for 50 years.”
Even Hispanics aren’t in favor of unfettered immigration.
Only 22 percent of Hispanic voters wanted to see immigration kept at current high levels or increased, Pulse Opinion Research found in November. Meanwhile, 52 percent of Hispanics wanted to see annual immigration into the U.S. reduced to 500,000 or fewer migrants. Another 49 percent said “they would support a policy of causing illegal immigrants to return home by enforcing the law,” and 51 percent believed the U.S. government did “too little” to enforce immigration laws.
Democrats ignore the majority opinion on illegal immigrants and incessantly spout bromides like “diversity is our strength” and “we’re a nation of immigrants” before extolling the economic boon “undocumented workers” provide.
Among the many flaws in their economic argument is the exclusion of “anchor babies” in the analysis. Every year there are hundreds of thousands of “tourist births” in America because it’s difficult to monitor illegal aliens or visa holders who “overstay.”
From the National Review:
The short-term cost of “anchor babies” was revealed a decade ago in the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons. “‘Anchor babies’ born to illegal aliens instantly qualify as citizens for welfare benefits and have caused enormous rises in Medicaid costs and stipends under Supplemental Security Income and Disability Income,” wrote medical attorney Madeleine Pelner Cosman. She noted the increasingly costly situation in California:
In 2003 in Stockton, California, 70 percent of the 2,300 babies born in San Joaquin General Hospital’s maternity ward were anchor babies, and 45 percent of Stockton children under age six are Latino (up from 30 percent in 1993). In 1994, 74,987 anchor babies in California hospital maternity units cost $215 million and constituted 36 percent of all Medi-Cal [California’s Medicaid program] births. Now  they account for substantially more than half.
The costs have undoubtedly gone up since 2005, although people suggest illegal immigration has flat-lined since then (stable at around 11 million). That strains credulity, considering hundreds of thousands of illegals are caught at the Mexican border each year.
There’s no telling how many actually make it through. Literally. There’s no precise way to get an accurate account of how many illegals are in the country because data collection depends on willful census contribution.
Despite the data, why do Democrats not-so-secretly want open borders? Votes. Immigrants tend to vote Democrat 80% of the time.
If they tended to vote 80% Republican, it’s a wonder if Democrats would continue to trumpet diversity as a strength.