Just ten years ago, Democrats thought a border wall was a fantastic idea!
As a matter of fact, Senator Obama said that our weak southern border was a “security risk to the nation”, Hillary Clinton said it was “long overdue”, and most Democrats agreed.
Remember the Secure Fence Act of 2006?
President Bush signed the proposal into law in 2006, after it was passed by a huge bipartisan majority in the House and Senate. The law ordered the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to construct approximately 700 miles of fencing along the southern border, and authorized the addition of lights, cameras, and sensors to enhance security. The law explicitly required the wall to be constructed of “at least two layers of reinforced fencing” bolstered with vehicle barriers.
Two-thirds of the Republican-led House approved the bill, including 64 Democrats, and 80 of 100 senators approved the bill in the Senate. Then Sens. Barack Obama, Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton were among the Democrats who approved the bill. Supporters also included Sen. Chuck Schumer, who is set to take over leadership of the Senate for Democrats in 2016.
Other Democrats in the Senate who voted for the wall in 2006 are Sens. Barbara Boxer (CA), Sherrod Brown (OH — then in the House), Tom Carper (DE), Dianne Feinstein (CA), Barbara Mikulski (MD), Bill Nelson (FL), Debbie Stabenow (MI), and Ron Wyden (OR).
So what’s changed in the last decade? Well, as the number of illegal immigrants grew, Democrats saw opportunity. One could say the risks of crime, drugs, and terrorism are even more real today than they were in ’06, but to the DNC…it’s about votes. By forgiving those who enter this country illegally, crimes, and offering them instant legitimacy,…the goal is to buy a very loyal demographic of voters.
For example, let’s say I was the governor of Idaho. If I forgave the crimes of Idaho’s 8,000 inmates, legitimizing them as if they’d done nothing wrong, how many of them would be loyal to me as voters in the next election?
The DNC has adopted a strategy of trading National Security for votes, nothing more.