Thursday, February 25, 2021

Democrat Representatives Say Latinos Oppose Biden’s Migration Flood; ‘Recipe for disaster’: Dem fears mount over immigration overhaul

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Democrat Representatives Say Latinos Oppose Biden’s Migration Flood:
Democrat legislators fear Latino voters will blame them for the wave of migrants who are accepting the Democrats’ offer to share Americans’ jobs, healthcare, schools, and citizenship, according to a Politico report.
Under the headline, “‘Recipe for disaster’: Dem fears mount over immigration overhaul,” Politico reported February 18:
“The way we’re doing it right now is catastrophic and is a recipe for disaster in the middle of a pandemic,” said Rep. Vicente Gonzalez, one of the three Texas Democrats who represents part of the border most affected by spikes in migrant arrests and arrivals.

“Our party should be concerned. If we go off the rails, it’s going to be bad for us,” Gonzalez said. “Biden is going to be dealing with a minority in Congress if he continues down some of these paths.”
Numerous polls show that American Latinos oppose mass migration because migration threatens their jobs, wages, neighborhoods, and schools. In April 2020, 69 percent of Hispanics said yes when they were asked by a Washington Post pollster: “Would you support … temporarily blocking nearly all immigration into the United States during the coronavirus outbreak?” Just 30 percent of Hispanics opposed the shutdown.
In contrast, 67 percent of whites backed the shutdown, partly because 45 percent of “liberals” opposed the policy. Rep. Henry Cuellar, (D-TX), told Politico: --->READ MORE HERE
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‘Recipe for disaster’: Dem fears mount over immigration overhaul:
Democrats in Texas and other states where immigration has been a lightning rod issue are growing increasingly uneasy that the White House is walking into a political buzz saw in its zeal to unwind hard-line Trump administration policies.
Biden has not yet implemented expansive policy changes. The vast majority of migrants arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border are still being turned away. Deportations are still taking place and there’s still no pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.
But the softer rhetoric and modest changes announced so far by the Biden administration — such as admitting some migrants who have waited in Mexico for months and announcing he would halt deportations — raise the prospects of a new influx of migrants entering the country. There’s already an uptick in migrants heading to the border and some have crossed and been released in some communities already grappling with the pandemic, a strained health care system and high unemployment.
With the White House and Congress set to release a broad immigration reform bill Thursday, some lawmakers fear the party’s messaging and policy proposals are too much, too soon. --->READ MORE HERE

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