Democratic presidential candidate Lincoln Chafee said Friday that support for increased immigration will result in more votes for the Democratic Party.
“We’re right on immigration,” said the former Rhode Island governor and senator, during the Democratic National Committee’s summer meeting in Minneapolis.
“The fastest growing voting bloc in the country,” Chaffee added. “Of course we want that people to be treated with respect and to vote Democratic.”
Chafee’s statement undermines Democrats’ claim that they support liberal immigration policies for humanitarian reasons, and bolsters a line of attack from anti-immigration advocates who accuse Democrats of political sabotage.
Chafee is a former Republican who switched parties in 2013.