America is a nation of immigrants and Indigenous peoples — and we are stronger because of it. pic.twitter.com/IgTtaQ0WzS— The White House (@WhiteHouse) February 2, 2021
Amazon’s plans for its new Virginia headquarters feature a 350-foot structure dubbed the Helix with two spiraling outdoor walkways with trees and plants from Virginia that twist to the building’s top. https://t.co/VGWTclnW1x via @WSJ pic.twitter.com/EfySgbXWvA— David Wessel (@davidmwessel) February 2, 2021
Today was Open Borders Day.
After he was criticized by the New York Times for issuing so many executive orders, Neoliberal Joe took a day off on Friday. He resumed work on opening the border to illegal aliens this afternoon with three new executive orders. Aside from progressive activists and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, it isn’t clear to us who is demanding these changes. No one else appears to be strongly for open borders.
“President Biden on Tuesday signed three executive orders on immigration, including one to create a task force to reunify migrants separated under the Trump administration — part of a sweeping push by Biden to roll back his predecessor’s immigration policies.”I’m not making new law, I’m eliminating bad policy,” Biden said from the Oval Office. …
A second order will implement a three-part strategy to address “irregular migration” at the southern border. It includes the development of a strategy to tackle the instability and other factors that drive migrants north, in collaboration with other countries.
It also directs the Department of Homeland Security to review the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) which Biden promised to end. The protocols, known as the Remain-in-Mexico policy, keep migrants south of the border while their immigration hearings are underway rather than admitting them into the homeland. …
Finally, on legal immigration, the third order signed on Tuesday will set up a review of Trump-era policies on that form of immigration, and will “streamline” the naturalization process and instruct agencies to review the public charge rule – which limited green cards to immigrants are deemed likely to be reliant on welfare. …”
The biggest swing in the 2020 election against Joe Biden was among Hispanics who live along the Mexican border who warmed to Donald Trump. In fact, Joe cratered with Hispanics all over the country. Trump only lost the 2020 election because Jared Kushner alienated White male Indies.
Before the 2020 election, Democratic Leaning Working Class (DLWC) voters ranked immigration as their #20 most important issue. Even DILE voters ranked immigration as their #18 issue. The only people who are really fired up about immigration and vote on the basis of that issue are Trump voters.
In the latest Pew poll, immigration ranks behind “reducing budget deficit” on the list of the public’s top priorities. Among Hispanic voters, strengthening the economy (83%), dealing with COVID (82%), improving the job situation (69%), addressing issues around race in this country (68%), improving education (66%), improving the political system (64%), dealing with the problems of poor people (64%), terrorism (63%), reducing health care costs (63%), reforming Social Security (59%), reducing crime (55%) and addressing issues within the criminal justice system (52%) all rank higher than immigration (47%). Hispanics aren’t voting on the basis of immigration. They rank terrorism higher than immigration.
In the immediate aftermath of the 2020 election, a Morning Consult poll that found that open borders wasn’t anywhere close to being a priority for the general public or Democratic voters. It is a losing issue for Democrats that polarizes White Independent swing voters against them.
If immigration is a losing issue for Democrats which doesn’t motivate either wing of the party to show up at the polls and only fires up the Right and created Donald Trump, why are they pushing it? You could ask the same question about why they are focusing on other polarizing woke, trans and climate issues instead of delivering the immediate $2,000 stimmy which is hugely popular. No one except the media is demanding establishing a progressive dictatorship and police state either.
Something else must be going on here. There has to be a reason why Joe is focusing on some of the most unpopular policies in the Democratic playbook. He isn’t catering to the priorities of his voters by moving on things like trannies in women’s sports. Does Joe’s agenda strike you as corporate neoliberal shit? Is he catering to his donors? Are Citibank and Bank of America impressed by Joe’s first ten days?
Note: As with the previous executive order on open borders, these will be challenged in federal court as well.