‘If that means I get arrested, I get arrested. So be it…’
(Joshua Paladino, Liberty Headlines) Democrats have transformed the U.S. immigration debate from a policy discussion to a full-scale war, describing the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy as everything from a “human rights violation” to a “national crisis,” even after the president signed an executive order to reverse the policy.
The Associated Press described Democrats’ tactics as a “kitchen-sink approach,” in which they accuse President Donald Trump and Republicans of every crime imaginable, hoping that something sticks with voters before the midterm elections.
Since the executive order, the Trump administration has reinstated the policy of the Obama administration — “to detain alien families together throughout the pendency of criminal proceedings for improper entry or any removal or other immigration proceedings.”
A return to President Barack Obama’s policy has not satisfied Democrats, especially top Democrats vying for the party’s presidential nomination in 2020.
“I’m still on the highest level of alert. I still think we’re in a state of national crisis,” New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker said, according to AP.
Booker planned a publicity trip to the border for Sunday, June 24.
Another 2020 hopeful, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, will visit the border on Sunday, too.
Stakes have gotten even higher for Senate candidate Zak Ringelstein, D-Maine, who said he will deliver water, toys, and books to “imprisoned children,” even if immigration authorities try to prevent him.
“If that means I get arrested, I get arrested. So be it,” Ringelstein said, the AP reported.
Outrage continues despite the unwillingness of Democrats to even consider compromise immigration bills.
The bills of both Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Virginia, and Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, would legally end the separation of parents from children and give full amnesty to DACA participants.
Former Vice President Joe Biden unleashed vague rhetoric directed at Trump.
“Stand up. Show up. Speak out,” Biden wrote. “No one, not even a president, can change who we are as America and what we stand for – if we the people stand united and unleash all that power that is in our hands.”
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, called the Trump administration’s zero tolerance policy a “human rights violation,” but failed to change his tone after the executive order, saying it was “very naive” to believe the policy change solved the issue.
He identified the Democrats immigration strategy, showing that it’s not about policy.
“The issue right now is President Trump,” Sanders said. “It’s not [Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.] Trump makes the decision.”