By David Wallace
Driven to madness by Donald Trump, the Democrats have turned the corner on illegal immigration. They've adopted a position so radical and so utterly out of touch with everyday Americans that it would've been laughed off the debate stage a mere two election cycles ago. But on June 27, 2019, all 10 of the Democratic candidates on the debate stage raised their hands when asked whether they would provide taxpayer-funded health-care benefits to illegal immigrants. It's official: The left has lost all connection to reality.
Throughout this nation, hardworking citizens and legal immigrants are straining their backs and paying their taxes while struggling to afford their medical bills and provide for their families. Rather than address the genuine problem of rising medical costs for law-abiding Americans, Democrats have chosen to shift their attention to providing more free stuff to those who broke the law. At least now the left is showing their true colors.
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The Democrats' stated party platform actively prioritizes illegal immigrants over Americans. Needless to say, the nation will be weaker if liberals get their way. First off, providing Medicaid benefits to every undocumented migrant in the country is incredibly costly. According to a 2018 study, there are approximately 22 million illegals currently residing within the United States. Providing each of them with taxpayer-subsidized health care would cost the United States an eye-popping $66 billion a year.
An expenditure of that magnitude would require substantial tax hikes to cover the cost. That means that everyday Americans would be footing the medical bill for the entire illegal-immigrant population. Not only would such a policy incentivize medical tourism – blowing out the cost projections even more – but it would also effectively subsidize unlawful immigration. Given the promise of free health care, more undocumented migrants would move to set up shop in the United States, overwhelming our border security resources and flooding the job market with cheap labor.
So, to summarize: The Democrats' immigration policy would increase taxes on working families, crowd out the job market and compromise security at the border, all to virtue signal their "compassion" to the radicals within their party. Assuredly, the left no longer has the best interests of Americans in mind.
The change is undoubtedly an unfortunate one, especially considering that illegal immigration used to be a largely bipartisan issue. In 2014, then-President Obama actively discouraged potential illegal migrants from bringing their families across the border. In fact, his administration set a U.S. record for most deportations in a year, and it still stands today. But it would seem that liberals, fueled by their hatred for President Trump, have sought to eradicate any semblance of rationality left in their political positions.
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This trend extends beyond illegal immigration as well. President Trump's space agenda, for example, is actually quite similar to the one Obama first introduced. Both presidents set comparable timelines to send Americans back to the moon, and even to Mars, with Tim Fernholz of Quartz reporting that Trump added just 63 words to his predecessor's initial space policy. In fact, Trump has actually kept his promise in securing America's interests in space, whereas Obama ultimately flip-flopped on his promise. But the fact that they supported a near-identical agenda under Obama hasn't stopped the Democrats from attempting to undermine Trump's entire space-faring strategy.
In particular, the Launch Service Agreement, the program established by the Air Force to create the domestic rockets needed to achieve the White House's lofty space goals, has faced stiff resistance from liberals. Democratic Rep. Adam Smith has specifically targeted the LSA program by first attempting to derail the initiative's timeline, then later by weakening the LSA's competitive structure. The Air Force has also pushed back against the representative's move to cram a $500 million poison pill earmark into the LSA program, which would undercut the whole initiative. While this blatant political obstructionism should be resisted, the congressman's efforts demonstrate how far removed leftists have become from their previously stated positions.
Even a cursory examination of the left will reveal the extent of their detachment from mainstream American views. Through their full embrace of socialized medicine, their growing desire to censor opposing points of view, their prioritization of undocumented migrants and their newfound disdain for America's space program, the Democrats have transformed beyond recognition. They have embraced the worst factions of their party, becoming thoroughly radicalized as a result. As it stands, liberals' support for illegal immigration is just the latest shift the Democratic Party has undergone toward extremism, but it certainly won't be the last.
David Wallace, a former Republican nominee for Congress, is president of the FAIR Energy Foundation, a leading Maryland Tea Party activist and a freelance journalist.