Many critics of President Obama’s executive orders granting amnesty to illegal immigrants have long feared that a big reason for the president’s dogged determination to legalize millions of non-citizens is his desire to create new Democrat voters — so many new voters that Republicans might forever find themselves a losing minority at the polls. Now, given what the leading Democrat in the race for the White House has just done on the campaign trail in Nevada, it would seem that amnesty and the votes it might swing could be a huge and powerful trump card in the 2016 political game.
The Washington Times reports that Hillary Clinton is promising that, if elected, she will go further than the president and essentially out-Obama Obama himself: “…she would try to expand President Obama’s deportation amnesty to more illegal immigrants, saying this administration has left out a number of aliens who deserve to be granted legal status.”
The Democrat presidential hopeful was speaking to a Cinco de Mayo meeting attended by a small and carefully crafted photo-op group of young Hispanics who clearly showed their approval of Mrs. Clinton’s progressive position — her pledge to expand the Obama amnesty program, with the eager-for-Latino-support candidate arguing that the president hasn’t gone far enough with his executive actions.
“She said she wants Congress to pass a broad immigration bill that would grant most illegal immigrants ‘a path to full and equal citizenship,’ but said if Capitol Hill continues to stalemate, she would use presidential powers to the extent of the law.”
As Breitbart News notes in its coverage of Mrs. Clinton’s Las Vegas event, Hillary listed a number of moves she would make as president to grant comprehensive rights and protections to illegal immigrants. Apparently she made no mention of how she might protect the rights of current U.S. citizens by doing anything like securing the border. Mrs. Clinton also took a big swipe at Republicans who could be running against her in the race for the presidency.
As Breitbart reports: “Clinton then said, ‘when they talk about legal status, that is code for second-class status.’ She also declared that ‘if Congress continues to refuse to act, as President, I would do everything possible under the law to go even further.’”
Going to motive for Hillary Clinton’s all-in approach to granting full citizenship rights to millions of illegals, one can refer to a recent editorial in The Washington Times, entitled, “Amnesty for illegals and a permanent Democratic majority.” The editorial refers to findings from a Washington-based think tank called The Center for Immigration Studies.
…mass immigration takes votes away from Republicans and gives them to Democrats. “Each one percentage-point increase in the immigrant share of a large county’s population…reduces the Republican share of the two-party vote by nearly 0.6 percentage points, on average.”
The conclusions further note that the “enormous flow” of legal immigrants into the country — 29.5 million from 1980 to 2012 — “has remade and continues to remake the nation’s electorate in favor of the Democratic Party.”