If history has proven anything, it has shown that Democrats will do anything to win an election and, as has long been suspected, that plan includes stacking the deck to create a one-party America.
A leaked memo from the Center For American Progress that was sent on Monday shows that the Democrats consider so-called Dreamers, people who were brought to America illegally when they were minors, as a “critical component of the Democratic Party’s future electoral success,” according to the Daily Caller.
The memo, which was co-written by former Clinton communications director Jennifer Palmieri, was distributed to Democrat allies, urging them to “refuse to offer any votes for Republican spending bills that do not offer a fix for Dreamers and instead appropriate funds to deport them.”
“The fight to protect Dreamers is not only a moral imperative, it is also a critical component of the Democratic Party’s future electoral success,” the memo read.
“If Democrats don’t try to do everything in their power to defend Dreamers, that will jeopardize Democrats’ electoral chances in 2018 and beyond,” it said. “In short, the next few weeks will tell us a lot about the Democratic Party and its long-term electoral prospects.”
As with all of the chaos in 2017, Donald Trump created this problem. It was entirely within his power to leave DACA intact. If a legal challenge to the program had been brought he could have allowed it to be addressed by the courts. The current crisis could have been averted. Instead, Trump seized an opportunity to play to the racists in his base by proactively and abruptly ending the program. Now, Trump and Republicans are refusing to restore protections for Dreamers unless Democrats meet a series of absurd demands, including building Trump’s infamous and unnecessary border wall and drastically slashing long-standing avenues for legal immigration. Throughout 2017, Trump repeatedly cheered the notion of shutting down the government if his demands aren’t met, going so far as to promise in August, ‘If we have to close down our government, we’re building that wall.’ Trump similarly beat the drum in 2013 when Republicans last shut down the government.
The memo said that if Democrats don’t fight for the Dreamers, they will risk losing the Latino voting block that they have worked to cultivate and maintain.
“The risk is that Latinos fail to see them as a true ally, and as a result sit out crucial elections. A September poll by Latino Decisions found that 91 percent of Latinos want Congress to pass a Dream Act with a path to earned citizenship,” it went on. “But public support for Dreamers extends far beyond Latinos. For some context, a fall Washington Post-ABC poll found 86 percent of Americans support protecting Dreamers. Similarly, a Politico/Morning Consult poll found that only 15 percent of Americans believe that Dreamers should be deported—the ultimate result of Trump’s decision and continued congressional inaction.”
Dreamers may not be equally represented in every state, but Latinos are a critical part of the progressive coalition and progressive leaders have to step up and fight for them. If Democrats can’t even stand up to Trump and Republicans in defense of Dreamers— whose moral case is unassailable—they will leave a lot of progressives wondering who Democrats will fight for. At that point, Latinos may not be the only constituency within the Democratic base that becomes dispirited and disengaged. If Democrats don’t try to do everything in their power to defend Dreamers, that will jeopardize Democrats’ electoral chances in 2018 and beyond. In short, the next few weeks will tell us a lot about the Democratic Party and its long-term electoral prospects.
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