Immigration is a virtue signaling issue for Democrats.
Trump voters are strongly motivated by immigration and rank “have secure national borders” and “severely restrict immigration” in their top three priorities. In contrast, Biden voters rank openness to immigration as their 27th highest priority. The energy is entirely on the Trump side.
“Earlier this month, Politico ran a story about a growing number of congressional Democrats who are worried that their party’s expansive approach to immigration may be unpopular with voters. Recent trends in polling data suggest that those Democrats are right to be concerned.
Rasmussen Reports has asked the same ten immigration questions every week since the middle of December 2019. The answers had been generally stable until late last year, when they began to shift markedly toward favoring more border enforcement, opposition to amnesty, and less legal immigration. It seems that Joe Biden’s election, and the rhetoric and policies of his administration, are alienating a significant share of voters. It is also possible that a larger share of centrist voters no longer see the issue as inextricably connected to Donald Trump and his polarizing style. Whatever the reason, if Rasmussen is right, public sentiment is moving away from Biden and his party on immigration. …
This huge decline in support for the DREAM Act is perhaps the most difficult to explain because it is hard to find any stories in the mainstream media that mention the cost of the bill, even though CBO estimated the net fiscal impact in 2017 and again 2019 and both times found it would create a large net fiscal drain. Moreover, virtually every story on the “Dreamer” population portrays them in a very sympathetic light. Yet the public has become dramatically less inclined to give them legal status, perhaps because they increasingly sense that the Dreamers are being used as props to secure a much larger amnesty that covers all illegal immigrants. …”
We’re in the post-Trump era now.
In the post-Trump era, 64% of Trump voters say that they value their racial identity with over 40% saying it is very or extremely important. 87% of Trump voters are concerned about anti-White discrimination. There has been a 45 point swing among Republican voters against Big Tech and a 27 point negative swing in satisfaction among Republican voters over “the size and influence of major corporations.” Immigration is also now at the top of the list of concerns.
The Joe effect is also showing up in the Rasmussen poll which tracks immigration attitudes:
Before the 2020 election, there was one school of thought that held that Trump losing narrowly was the best possible outcome and that having Neoliberal Joe as president would be good for us. The Democrats were using extreme methods to defeat Trump which could only radicalize his supporters. Joe supports open borders and wokeness and having him in the White House without the legislative power to do much of anything would do more to shift public opinion in a nationalist and populist direction than renewing the Trump presidency. There was an opposing school of thought which strongly disagreed.
We will see what happens. It is still too early to say.
Note: No one cares about promoting democracy around the world.