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"The chameleon changes colors"
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.
2. Democrats changed strategy. They didn’t need to reassure white voters skeptical of immigration as long as the Latino base could be cultivated. Identity politics and a pivot in Democrat stance on illegal immigration became the fulcrum catapulting Dems to the party of today.
3. If you only rewind back a decade, you hear liberals publicly questioning immigration in ways that would progressives today and earn many a conservative widespread scorn.
Consider the following examples:
4. “Illegal immigration wreaks havoc economically, socially, and culturally; makes a mockery of the rule of law; and is disgraceful just on basic fairness grounds alone."
— Glenn Greenwald, 2005
enidnews.com/opinion/column…
5. "Immigration reduces the wages of domestic workers who compete with immigrants” and “the fiscal burden of low-wage immigrants is also pretty clear.”. conclusion: “We’ll need to reduce the inflow of low-skill immigrants.” 
— Paul Krugman, 2006 (yes that guy)
6. “When I see Mexican flags waved at proimmigration demonstrations, I feel a flush of patriotic resentment. When I’m forced to use a translator to communicate with the guy fixing my car, I feel a certain frustration.”
— Barack Obama, US president.
theatlantic.com/magazine/archi…
7. Liberals didn’t oppose immigration in the yesteryear, they acknowledged its benefits to American economy & supported a path to citizenship for undocumented.
The routinely asserted something that would be heresy and political suicide for any current liberal politician....
8. They said low-skilled immigrants depressed wages of low-skilled American workers and strained America’s welfare state.
Democratic platform in 2008 called illegal aliens “neighbors.” But warned, “We can't continue to allow people to enter US undetected, undocumented, unchecked”
9. “Those who enter our country’s borders illegally, and those who employ them, disrespect the rule of the law.”
foxnews.com/politics/democ…
10. This 2005 video of Obama expressing his unfiltered sentiments would have epithets hurled at him that are today reserved for Trump.
What changed in the last decade?
11. By 2016, Democrat language was completely reshaped. They described America’s immigration system as the problem, but not illegal immigration itself. They spoke about "comprehensive immigration reform" completely ignoring their own previous language on its economic impact.
12.  In its immigration section, the 2008 Democratic platform referred three times to people entering the country “illegally.” The immigration section of the 2016 platform didn’t use the word illegal, or any variation of it, at all.
Think about that for a minute.
13. The number of illegal aliens in the US hasn’t gone down significantly, it’s stayed roughly the same. So the economic concerns that 'orange man bad' Nobel laureate economist Paul Krugman raised a decade ago remain relevant today.
14. Obama's 2008 win was a startling revelation of the hitherto underappreciated Latino voting power:
"Latinos formed their largest share ever of the national electorate, 9 percent, and their numbers are poised to increase in every election to come. ...."
salon.com/2008/11/13/new…
15. "They also voted by their largest margin ever for the Democrats, 67 to 31 percent. If that pattern continues, the GOP is doomed to 40 years of wandering in a desert."
In politics, dooming your rival to four decades of thirst, sunstroke and autophagy is mission accomplished.
16. By 2012 the Latino vote was important enough to Democrat survival to render them exquisitely susceptible to pro-illegal immigrant group activism:
When Obama was running for reelection, immigrants’-rights advocates protested against the administration’s deportation practices.
17. Ten days later, Obama administration announced it would defer deportation of undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. before the age of 16 (DACA executive order)
18. NYT: "Obama 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 re-election.” nytimes.com/2012/06/16/us/…
19. Even socialist Bernie Sanders who dared to espouse independent thought during his 2016 presidential bid was forced to tuck his tail between his legs, something he's since made a habit of.
theatlantic.com/magazine/archi…
20. Bernie Sanders was interviewed by Ezra Klein, who asked whether, in order to fight global poverty, the U.S. should consider “sharply raising level of immigration we permit, even to a level of open borders.” Sanders reacted with horror. “That’s a Koch brothers proposal,”
21. “Right-wing people in this country would love … an open-border policy. Bring in all kinds of people, work for $2 or $3 an hour, that would be great for them. I don’t believe in that. I think we have to raise wages in this country.”
Bernie Sanders said that. How he's changed
22. Sanders was attacked. Vox’s Dylan Matthews said his “fear of immigrant labor is ugly & wrongheaded.” “ThinkProgress published a blog titled “Why Immigration Is the Hole in Bernie's Progressive Agenda.”
Bernie may be a socialist, but he's not stupid, he "evolved" on the issue
23. Large scale illegal immigration depresses wages. That's common sense that academia regularly seeks to debunk because common sense is now likely to trigger, need safe spaces and be considered hate speech.
24. Giovanni Peri, a UC Davis economist pops up in liberal commentary on the virtues of immigration.
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
25. New American Economy is a coalition of business leaders and mayors launched by Michael Bloomberg and Rupert Murdoch to influence public opinion and policymakers on immigration reform.
It's co-chairs include Dem politicians including 2020 presidential contender, Julian Castro
26. It shouldn't come as any surprise why any meaningful border security is considered "immoral," because getting votes and establishing a forty year dominance is the only moral thing to do.
And in political hegemony, citizens are acceptable collateral damage.
27. The current California political vector is the most striking example of the remarkable success of the Democrat policy pivot. Sanctuary state and universal healthcare ensure a never-ending unquestioning and burgeoning voter base.
NYC is trying to catch up
28. The left's behavior is best explained through the lens of ruthless political dominance at the cost of decimating the middle class, raising taxes to astronomical levels and using fuzzy meth math to justify it
Meanwhile their personal border security is better than the nation's
29. The 2018 midterms were a prelude to what awaits us in 2020.
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.
30. Our current border impasse is not about moral superiority. It's carefully calculated engineered intent. It's not a battle for hearts and minds of citizenry, it's a rewards program incentivizing mass ingress. Temper tantrum its lingua franca while France literally burns
-Fin
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