On his very first day in office, Joe Biden plans to aggressively repudiate President Trump’s four years in office. One of the main ways he intends to do this is through one of Trump’s signature issues: immigration.
Another Amnesty Bill
Biden has already announced plans that on his first day in office, he will put forward a new immigration bill. The bill will grant the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States a pathway to citizenship.
This will be the most aggressive move to grant amnesty since Ronald Reagan granted it to 3 million illegals back in 1986, a decision that staunch conservatives—who normally idolize Reagan—have long been sharply critical of him for.
Conservative immigration hawks worry that granting citizenship—and the right to vote—to that many people at once would essentially make the Republican Party permanently unviable in all subsequent national elections—at least unless the party significantly changes its ideology into something effectively antithetical to what it once stood for.
These immigration hawks point out that nearly all illegal immigrants these days are Latinos, and though President Trump had made some significant headway with Latino voters in 2020, this headway tended to be concentrated in specific areas, such as with Cubans from Florida, who are overwhelmingly opposed to communism and are thus more open to looking favorably on Republicans. Overall, however, Latinos still vote Democrat in pretty solid majorities.
For the Elite, Immigration Is About Political Power and Cheap Labor
Biden’s proposed action is so aggressive that even some advocates of amnesty and more illegal immigration are surprised. The Executive Director of the National Immigration Law Center, Marielena Hincapie, who belies that “all of the undocumented immigrants that are currently in the United States should be placed on a path to citizenship,” said, “this really does represent a historic shift away from Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda.”
There’s also the fact that overwhelming majorities of Americans have long been opposed to allowing masses of illegals to continue streaming into the country. Contrary to the smears issued by the left, these apprehensions are not confined to white nativists.
Large numbers of Black people in America have also long been opposed to illegal immigration since some Blacks often must compete with these immigrants for low-skilled jobs.
The elite, however, in both parties have persistently ignored this long-standing sentiment and simply plowed on with their own agenda.
For the left, this means a larger voting base and easier election victories. For the center-right and the large businesses it is connected to, it means a large supply of cheap labor and lower business costs.
Ordinary Americans of all kinds, though, get shafted.