A former top Obama administration official turned on his own party last weekend, and for good reason. Democrats want all liberals to toe the party line, even if that pertains to key issues and policies directly affecting America.
But former Obama Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson wasn’t afraid to sound the alarm and slam Democrats for pushing “unworkable” immigration policies.
While speaking at the Aspen Ideas Festival last week, Johnson was asked about several 2020 Democratic candidates and their calls for open borders, decriminalizing illegal crossing the border, and eliminating migrant detention facilities.
Needless to say, Johnson was vehemently against those ideas and said the American people would never be in favor of such radical policies.
“That is tantamount to declaring publicly that we have open borders,” Johnson said.
“That is unworkable, unwise and does not have the support of a majority of American people or the Congress, and if we had such a policy, instead of 100,000 apprehensions a month, it will be multiples of that,” he added.
Johnson also smacked down claims from liberals that President Donald Trump is to blame for the migrant crisis at the border and the issues with detention facilities.
The former DHS chief said the problems did not start when Trump became president, conceding that Obama was also to blame.
“Chain link barriers, partitions, fences, cages, whatever you want to call them, were not invented on January 20, 2017, okay?” Johnson said.
“But during that 72-hour period, when you have something that is a multiple — like four times — of what you’re accustomed to in the existing infrastructure, you’ve got to find places quickly to put kids. You can’t just dump 7-year-old kids on the streets of McAllen or El Paso,” he continued.
Johnson concluded: “And so these facilities were erected … they put those chain link partitions up so you could segregate young women from young men, kids from adults, until they were either released or transferred to HHS.”
Johnson can see the writing on the wall and that these radical, left-wing policies would do great harm to the nation.
He’s also aware that several 2020 Democrats are pushing immigration ideas that Americans will undoubtedly reject.
Julián Castro, Obama’s secretary of Housing and Urban Development, is promising to repeal Section 1325 in Title 8 of the U.S. Code, which makes it a misdemeanor for migrants to enter the United States illegally.
“The reason that they’re separating these little children from their families is they’re using Section 1325 . . . to incarcerate the parents and then separate them,” Castro said during the Democratic presidential primary debate in Miami last week.
New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker’s immigration plan would “virtually eliminate” all immigrant detention centers.
“By adopting evidence-based non-profit alternatives to detention and ensuring that detention is used as a last resort, Cory’s goal would be to virtually eliminate immigration detention, with limited exceptions if there is a risk to public safety or flight risk,” Booker’s plan says.
Booker’s plan would also legalize the “DREAMers,” the roughly 800,000 children who came to the U.S. illegally as children with their parent, who also did not have the legal authority to be in the country.
California Sen. Kamala Harris also put her support behind open borders, decriminalizing border crossing, and shutting down migrant detention facilities.
Democrats have claimed that calling them the party of “open borders” is simply a Republican talking point. Not anymore.