Flashback: 2008 Democratic Party platform called for more ‘infrastructure’ on border, more agents

Flashback: 2008 Democratic Party platform called for more ‘infrastructure’ on border, more agents

It’s almost hard to recall a time when Democrats weren’t desperate to fling America’s border wide open to illegal immigrants, but a look back at the Democratic Party’s official 2008 platform on immigration shows just how far left its members have drifted in a decade.

Under the “Immigration” section of its platform document titled “Renewing America’s Promise,” the Democratic National Committee criticizes the nations “broken” immigration system,” pledging in August 2008 that “we cannot continue to allow people to enter the United States undetected, undocumented and unchecked.”

The no-nonsense language in the document continues, castigating those who “enter our country’s borders illegally, and those who employ them, disrespect the rule of law.”

In terms of enforcement, the policy suggestions mirror President Donald Trump’s call eight years later for a wall covering part of the U.S.-Mexico border and an increase in the number of Customs and Border Protection agents. The platform reads:

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We need to secure our borders, and support additional personnel, infrastructure, and technology on the border and at our ports of entry. We need additional Customs and Border Protection agents equipped with better technology and real-time intelligence. We need to dismantle human smuggling organizations, combating the crime associated with this trade.

The platform also endorses E-Verify, a Department of Homeland Security program that allows employers to check whether potential employees have legal status to work in the United States, adding that the country needs “to crack down on employers who hired undocumented immigrants” and that “employers need a method to verify whether their employees are legally eligible to work in the United States.”

Some Republican policymakers, like Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas, have called for E-Verify to be mandatory nationwide.

That was then, and this is now. And now Democrats are so bullish not only to allow illegal immigrants to stay but to give them amnesty that they are quietly relocating new illegal border crossers to different parts of the country on commercial airliners.

Far from the magnanimous gesture Dems would have Americans believe this is, the purpose of flooding the country with illegals is to add millions of new voters to the Democratic rolls. Nothing could be more cynical.

This report, by Joe Simonson, was cross posted by arrangement with the Daily Caller News Foundation.

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