Democrats know issue is a loser for them in battleground races…
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) The approaching Honduran caravan, filled with thousands of migrants seeking entry into the U.S., could help President Trump and Republicans to victories in the upcoming midterms.
Earlier this month Trump’s political team determined that the competitive congressional districts in 2016 were most swayed by the issue of immigration.
Trump’s hardline immigration rhetoric and increased border protection resonated with voters in these swing districts, POLITICO reported.
With the midterms only a few weeks away, Trump has seized the opportunity to speak out against the caravan and bolster support for the GOP.
“The Democrats don’t care what their extremist immigration agenda will do to your neighborhoods or your hospitals or your schools,” Trump said at a rally Monday night in Houston. “They don’t care that the mass illegal immigration will totally bankrupt our country.”
And earlier in the day, Trump tweeted: “Every time you see a Caravan or people illegally coming, or attempting to come, into our Country illegally, think of and blame the Democrats for not giving us the votes to change our pathetic Immigration Laws! Remember the Midterms!”
Trump sees the caravan as an opportunity to rev up his base and remind them that Democrats prefer “open borders.”
He wants to remind voters that Democrats have “turned a blind eye to the problem,” according to one Republican working on this strategy.
Democrats already know immigration is a losing battle for them, according to POLITICO.
A recent memo circulating among Democratic congressional offices said “it is very difficult to win on immigration with vulnerable voters in the states Trump carried in 2016.”
“Democrats should spend as little time as possible engaging in a conversation about the merits of sanctuary cities,” the memo advised, “and instead pivot to other issues like taxes and health care, where Democrats have significant advantages.”