Cory Booker found himself in hot water again. He not only sunk his own campaign with his immigration talk of ending immigration detention with an executive order, but he may very well bring down the entire Democratic party’s reputation with his stunt.
The Daily Wire reported that at the first Democrat 2020 debate, former Obama Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro said we should treat illegal border crossings as a “civil” offense rather than a criminal one.
During the second debate, the candidates were asked if they agreed with Castro’s plan, and nearly all raised their hands. Among those who supported the plan were Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris and Bernie Sanders.
This Tuesday, Sen. Cory Booker told The Washington Post that he would “virtually eliminate immigration detention” using an executive order. Beto O’Rourke also said he wanted to remove the existing border wall.
At the same time, nearly all of the Democrat candidates said that they supported providing health insurance to illegal immigrants — paid for by American taxpayers.
Also on Tuesday, former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson — who served during Obama’s second term — scolded members of his own party for supporting such policies.
“That is tantamount to declaring publicly that we have open borders,” Johnson said, according to the Post. “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.”
Johnson also pushed back on that outrage by the Democrats over detention centers and the notion that President Trump is putting little children in “cages.”
“Chain link barriers, partitions, fences, cages — whatever you want to call them — were not invented on January 2017,” Johnson claimed, according to Fox News. He also stated that the “cages” were created because of a mass influx of immigration for which the government was unprepared. He said that illegals would be held for up to 72 hours before being transferred to the Department of Health and Human Services, Fox reported.
“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,” he claimed. He added that the alternative was releasing them to “the streets.”