Obama’s DHS Chief Jeh Johnson is blasting Democrats for their open border stance and he is warning that illegal alien invasions will explode. But that’s exactly what they want.
It will be interesting to see how the voters react. Remember what happened when Bush tried to grant amnesty to illegals? The blow-back was intense and all parties dropped amnesty like it was a snake. He was also critical of the Democrats depiction of cages, saying that the chain link fences were not invented in January of 2017, alluding to Trump’s inauguration.
He was warning Democratic presidential candidates that pressing both of those issues could be a death wish.
Johnson’s warning that any gains could be reversed comes as 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls have lurched to the left on immigration, calling for health care for illegal immigrants and scrapping certain immigration enforcement measures.
At a Thursday night primary debate in Miami, candidates making up about half the field were asked if they support making crossing the border a civil, rather than a criminal, offense. Almost all the candidates, including former Obama Vice President Joe Biden, raised their hands.
The moment demonstrated how a once-fringe policy, pushed earlier this year by former Housing Secretary Julian Castro, has become mainstream among Democrats. Just days before the debate, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., came out in favor of such a proposal.
“Without waiting for Congress to act, Cory will stop the treatment of immigrants as criminals, close inhumane DHS facilities, end the use of for-profit detention facilities and end unnecessary barriers for refugees and those seeking asylum to virtually eliminate immigrant detention,” a press release said.
Johnson, meanwhile, has also pushed back on the controversy surrounding the Trump administration’s use of detention centers for migrants. On Friday, he said that chain link fences or “cages” weren’t ideal, but were one of the ways authorities are forced to cope with the surge of migrants crossing the border, and that the alternative was putting them “on the streets.”