Sen. Dick Durbin just admitted to the press that the claim that the main concern for voters over immigration policy is amnesty was overhyped by a lot of Democratic lawmakers, and now their chances of reelection have been severely reduced, reports Breitbart.
Democratic lawmakers took a chance by voting against President Trump when it comes to amnesty for illegal immigrants like the 800,000 or so DACA recipients, but now that plan has backfired on them as Durbin openly admits that voters don’t care about amnesty that much.
As Democrats united on February 15 to block Trump’s four-part reform-and-amnesty framework plan, “I went around the floor to senators who have stood by me,” Durbin said, adding:
“For some, it’s easy. For others, it is painful. It’s dangerous politically. As I went up to their desks – and many of them were up for re-election – I said ‘Thank you,’ and several of them said to me, ‘If this cost me my Senate seat, so be it.’ You know, those are moments you’re proud to be a senator.”
Durbin and virtually all Democrats voted for the double-amnesty plan which was prepared by Democrats and GOP Maine Sen. Susan Collins.
The plan offered a bureaucratic scheme for funding the wall in exchange for amnesty for at least 2 million DACA recipients and creating a “prioritization amnesty” for several million illegals who have jobs.
Democrats also voted against Trump’s framework plan, which would have swapped as amnesty for 1.8 million illegals in exchange for wall funding and three sets of legal reforms, ending the visa lottery program, and the closure of legal loopholes in the border-wall.
NRP did not ask which Senators Durbin referred to when they said the vote meant risking their seat for the Democrats’ pro-migration policies.
However, several Democratic Senators are facing tough elections this November in states won by Trump in 2016. They include Florida’s Sen. Bill Nelson in Florida, North Dakota’s Heidi Heitkamp, Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly and West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, Missouri’s Claire McCaskill, Montana’s Jon Tester, Nevada’s Dean Heller, Ohio’s Sherrod Brown and Pennsylvania’s Bob Casey, Wisconsin’s Tammy Baldwin, Breitbart reports.
On February 15, all Democratic Senators, except for three with safe seats, voted for Collins’ double-amnesty. The three Democrats that help off did so until the scoreboard showed it was already defeated.
Just three red-state Democrats voted for Trump’s framework plan, which was included in a proposal by Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley. They were Heitkamp, Donnelly and Manchin.
Roughly 14 GOP Senators voted against Trump’s reforms, mostly to protect their donor’s supply of cheap labor.
The issue of immigration is likely to be a key fight in the 2018 elections, despite efforts to downplay the issue by the GOP’s Senate campaign leader, pro-amnesty Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner.
Despite the Democrats push for amnesty policy, the NPR reporter pushed the claim that an amnesty proposal is popular, and Durbin played right along.
NPR asked, ”
ut you already have public opinion on your side. A CBS poll earlier this month said 9 out of 10 Americans support providing citizenship for DACA recipients. You’ve got the public support. What more do you need at this point?”
“And 9 out of 10 Americans are for universal background checks on guns, yet the Republican leadership in the House and Senate and in the White House have refused to take up these immensely popular issues,” Durbin responds.
NPR’s enthusiasm for cheap-labor service-worker immigration is reflected by many other similar journalists.
Business groups and Democrats tout misleading, in industry-funded “Nation of Immigrants” polls which pressure Americans to say they welcome migrants, including the roughly 680,000 ‘DACA’ illegals and the roughly 3.25 million ‘dreamer’ illegals.
The alternative “priority” or “fairness” polls, plus the choking 2016 election, show that voters in the polling booth put a much higher priority on helping their families, neighbors and fellow legal citizens get decent jobs in a high-tech, high-immigration, low-wage economy.