Senator Barack Obama, Democratic Party, United States discussed on Mark Levin
Address to the nation on securing the border. And the so-called government shutdown. We're told it's eight ten twelve minutes. I have no idea we shall see. I'm hoping and I'm believing that they will maximize the time you should be in. No hurry, and the Beavis and Butthead team of Schumer and Pelosi. We'll be giving a response. And I think they should be given five hours. I think that would be great. We're going to take a little time on this issue again today. As I've been digging in researching. Because this change of position by the Democrats by the left by the media is really quite remarkable. They don't apologize for their past positions. They don't explain their past positions. They just flipped. From wanting to secure the border from wanting to protect American workers. To wanting an open border. And wanting to give citizenship to foreigners almost as soon as they hit our territory. This issue of immigration wasn't always a divisive issue. The Republicans haven't changed for the most part. The Democrats have changed for the most part, and they've been radicalized on this issue and really in the last decade or so. So what has caused this? Well, I decided let me go to a left wing guy who I'm no great fan of any respect. Peter beinart who wrote in the Atlantic a left wing magazine. A little over a year ago. How the Democrats lost their way on immigration? That's the title of his piece. And I said what the hell let me take three minutes and read it. Well, I read it, and they're parts of it that I want to share with you. Because this is what we're dealing with. And he points out a decade ago liberals publicly question immigration in ways that would shock many progressives today. In two thousand five a left leaning blogger wrote illegal immigration wreaks havoc. Economically, socially, and culturally makes a mockery of the rule of law. And is a disgrace is is disgraceful. Just on basic fairness grounds alone in two thousand six a liberal columnist wrote that immigration reduces the wages of domestic workers who compete with immigrants. And that the fiscal burden of low-wage immigrants has also pretty clear his conclusion will need to reduce the inflow of low skill immigrants that same year a democratic Senator wrote when I see Mexican flags waved at pro immigration demonstrations. I sometimes feel a flush a patriotic resentment one I'm forced to use a translator to communicate with the guy fixing my car. I feel a certain frustration. Who said that that was Senator Barack Obama who was the blogger radical leftist Glenn Greenwald who was the columnist radical leftist, Paul Krugman. That's not that long ago. Folks a little over a decade ago. So beinart goes on prominent liberals didn't oppose them Gration a decade ago. He says most acknowledged its benefits to America's economy and culture, they supported a path to citizenship for the undocumented still they routinely asserted that low skilled emigrants depressed, the wages of low skilled American workers and strained America's welfare state, and they were far more likely than liberals today. Far more likely than liberals today to acknowledge that has been put it immigration is an intensely painful topic because places basic principles in conflict. This incredible. Isn't it? He goes on today. Little of that ambivalence remains in two thousand eight he points to the Democratic Party platform. The Democratic Party platform. I pulled up the Democratic Party platform. And it's quite remarkable. And I like the daily caller take on it. So let me move to that platform them. We'll get back to this article stay with me. This is all very important as we. Prepared for the president's speech. I look back into the democratic party's official twenty eight ten years ago there two thousand platform on immigration shows just how far left its members have drifted in a decade under the immigration section of the democratic platform in twenty eight the document entitled renewing America's promise the Democratic National Committee criticizes the nation's quote, unquote, broken immigration system, pledging in August, two thousand eight that quote, we cannot continue to allow people to enter the United States undetected undocumented and unchecked. The harsh language in the document continues. Castigating those who quote, enter our country's borders illegally, and those who employ them disrespect the rule of law, quote, the terms of enforcement the policy suggestions near president Donald Trump's call for a wall covering part of the US Mexico border and an increase in the amount of customs and border protection agents, the platform reads, and I quote. We need to secure our borders and support additional personnel infrastructure and technology in the border and at our ports of entry. We need additional customs and border patrol agents equipped, but better technology and real time intelligence, we need to dismantle humid smuggling organizations, combating the crime associated with this trade. The platform also seems to endorse e-verify department homeland security program that allows employers to check it potential employees of legal status to work in the US saying that the country needs to crack down on employers who hired undocumented immigrants unquote, and that quote employers need, a Methodist verify whether their employees are legally eligible to work in the United States. This is the democrat platform of two thousand eight. In the two thousand sixteen democratic platform. There's no mention of greater enforcement and the word tough is cut from the party's position on immigration enforcement, and even pledges an end to so-called raids further the party, no longer mentions any sort of structure on the border to deter unlawful entrance and even recommends giving illegal immigrants access to government healthcare. Coverage more on that in a minute. Now, I guess you, and I and the rest of the American people do not belong to the radical left and the democrat party or the media, we should abandon all our all our common sense. All of our reasoning ability the way, these people have on the left and just knee jerk in their direction. But we choose not to. We choose not. Now, let's go back to this beinart piece last year in the Atlantic. A decade or two ago says Jason firm and a former chairman of President Obama's council economic advisers Democrats were divided on immigration now, everyone agrees and his passionate and thanks very little about any potential downsides. Well, how can this be fine art asks? Well, I'm not gonna read the whole article, but I'll get to the gist of it. He says the larger explanation is political. Political. Not compassionate, not humane political. Between two thousand eight and two thousand sixteen Democrats became more and more confident that the country's growing Latino population gave the party and electoral edge is a liberal Democrat to win the presidency Democrats convinced themselves they didn't need to reassure white people skeptical of immigration so long as they turned out there Latino base. So in other words. He may be doing this unwittingly. I'm sure he would deny. It's the Democrats who are the racists. It's the Democrats through identity politics. We're pushing us in this position of open borders. It's the Democrats who are balkanization in the country treating quote, unquote, white people one way Latinos another way, it's a disgrace. He goes on the fastest growing sector of the American electorate stampeded toward the Democrats this November salon declared after Obama's two thousand eight win if that pattern continues the GOP is doomed to forty years of wandering in a desert and that, ladies and gentlemen. Explains. Everything you need to know about why the Democrats they put party first country second and are absolutely prepared to eliminate national sovereignty. It's all about power has always been about power, acquiring it, maintaining it and keeping it forever. If possible. That's what they've turned our immigration policy into. Ed say field day for Democrats. It goes on. As the Democrats grew more reliant on Latino votes. They remorse influenced by pro immigrant, activism. While Obama was running for reelection immigrant's rights advocates launched protests against the administration's deportation practices, these protests culminated in June two thousand twelve in a sit in at an Obama campaign office in Denver ten days later, ten days later, the administration announced it would defer deportation of illegal aliens who had arrived in the US before the age of sixteen and vary. The criteria. We call this DACA. Obama. The New York Times noted was facing growing pressure from Latino leaders and Democrats who warned that because of his harsh immigration enforcement. His support was lagging among Latinos who could be crucial voters in his race for reelection. This is a cynical scheme. But the Democrats have done to this country and immigration. Now, there's more to this to this fine art piece again, a liberal writing in a liberal outlet the Atlantic, and I want to get back to it because it's very very important. So stick with us. I'll be right back..