The novel coronavirus pandemic has altered the operations of the world, with the side effect of a positive impact on some political issues. One such issue, which will continue to be a huge topic in the 2020 presidential election, is that of immigration. A hotly debated topic long before President Trump took office in 2016, immigration is what many voters will be basing much of their eventual vote on. Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has a poort record when it comes to immigration, and pressure from competitors such as Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders (both of whom have since abdicated their respective campaigns) has pushed the candidate alarmingly far to the left. This stance is very likely to backfire against Biden and the Democratic party in 2020.
Immigration has been a difficult topic for the Democratic Party. Giving conflicting answers when asked to dive deeper into his immigration policy, Joe Biden’s support of the Obama administration’s deportation of some 3 million undocumented immigrants remains a sore spot in the minds of his prospective supporters and turning off voters on the left. To dissuade that skepticism, Biden has taken an alternative path: opening his platform to be more liberal than ever. By voicing support for sanctuary cities and/or open borders, Biden is pushing himself farther and farther to the left, turning off moderate and conservative voters.
Border security and immigration remain an important topic of national security. The fact remains that lax immigration policies and the subsequent lax enforcement of those policies puts American jobs and wages at risk. Protecting America and its citizens should be the priority; Biden toes a very thin line by wanting to play to both sides while still leaning farther and farther left.
Biden’s Two-Part Plan
Most recently, Biden released a two-part immigration plan, both highlighting the efforts he had made under Obama to curb immigration while also seeking to unseat President Trump’s policies that the Democrats accuse of being racist and xenophobic. This effort to please both sides is unrealistic and, frankly, more than a little misleading. What should be analyzed more is Biden’s inability to effectively articulate and communicate his policies as they pertain to immigration.
Open Borders Under Joe Biden
The idea of opening borders, particularly amidst the coronavirus pandemic, is alarming to say the least. The coronavirus has changed the way many policies are enforced, and a part of President Trump’s efforts to slow the spread include the closure of borders for non-essential travelers. This not only helps secure our borders but also protects our citizens and those wanting to immigrate from putting themselves at a greater risk for contracting the virus and falling ill. The fact remains that Biden’s vision includes more fluid open borders, which poses a national security risk that doubles when combined with the threat of the coronavirus spread.
Biden likes to lean on his support of the Obama administration’s immigration policies as if this somehow releases him from liability. But his increasingly liberal platform shows us that his intentions to secure the border is not as genuine as he purports.
The person elected to be the President of the United States needs to have the best interests of the country and its citizens at heart at all times. While the United States was built upon the idea of giving every citizen freedom, there must be a clear and legal path to citizenship. When the world remains under threat to the deadly coronavirus, it’s important to protect our own citizens fiercely. Legal immigration can still be an important part of the country’s makeup, but illegal immigration and the ongoing risks it poses must be properly regulated. Is Biden the best person for the job?