1. Between 2008 and 2016, Democrats came upon the profound realization that the country’s growing Latino population gave the party an electoral edge. Even more important, they voted Democrat more reliably than whites. You can't put a price on that.
Consider the following examples:
— Glenn Greenwald, 2005
— Paul Krugman, 2006 (yes that guy)
— Barack Obama, US president.
The routinely asserted something that would be heresy and political suicide for any current liberal politician....
Democratic platform in 2008 called illegal aliens “neighbors.” But warned, “We can't continue to allow people to enter US undetected, undocumented, unchecked”
What changed in the last decade?
Think about that for a minute.
"Latinos formed their largest share ever of the national electorate, 9 percent, and their numbers are poised to increase in every election to come. ...."
In politics, dooming your rival to four decades of thirst, sunstroke and autophagy is mission accomplished.
When Obama was running for reelection, immigrants’-rights advocates protested against the administration’s deportation practices.
Bernie Sanders said that. How he's changed
Bernie may be a socialist, but he's not stupid, he "evolved" on the issue
Microsoft has funded some of his research into high-skilled immigration. New American Economy paid to help his research into a 2014 policy paper decrying limitations on H-1B visas
And in political hegemony, citizens are acceptable collateral damage.
NYC is trying to catch up
Meanwhile their personal border security is better than the nation's
Trump's victory was stunningly unexpected since Obama had set into motion an unbeatable modus operandi.
It's no coincidence that Democrats are making Obama era policies appear almost rational in comparison.