Elizabeth Warren may be polling near the top of the Democrat field of presidential hopefuls at the moment, but she’s going to have a hard time pitching her proposed immigration policies to independents and conservatives in a general election.
During a town hall with the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) union in Madison Heights, Michigan, the Massachusetts senator argued that the tens of millions of illegal aliens in the United States should be given amnesty. She added that doing this will actually be good for American workers.
“We need a pathway to citizenship for the people who are here and here to stay. They are our neighbors; they are our brothers and sisters. They are here,” Warren said. “We need a path — not just for DREAMers — but also a path for grandmas, and for little kids, and for people who came here to work on farms, and for students who overstayed their visas. We need a path that is fair and achievable. Bring people out of the shadows. It is good for all workers, and we need to get them into our unions.”
Warren also pitched expanding legal immigration, which is already at a record high in the country.
“We need to expand legal immigration,” she said. “The Trump administration has cut it. Families are separated now for years through the legal system. People are frustrated with what they can’t do.”
Over 1 million legal immigrants are currently let into the country every year. Hundreds of thousands more enter the country through work visas. Warren’s argument that giving amnesty to illegal immigrants and expanding legal immigration will help American workers doesn’t really hold up when you consider the fact that such expansions only lead to more job competition for American workers, and amnesty without border security only invites more chaos into an already chaotic — and sometimes deadly — system.
Warren also predictably went after Trump and seemed to throw her support behind his impeachment.
“No one is above the law, not even the president of the United States,” the senator said. “So I’ll be perfectly honest, when I decided to run for president, I never thought I’d be talking about impeachment.”
Warren is still standing strong behind the debunked theories that Trump conspired with the Russian government in the 2016 presidential election and that he conspired with the Ukrainian government against former Vice President Joe Biden.
“He invites foreign government again to interfere in our 2020 election,” she said. “We cannot have a man who believes that he can use whatever tools are available in government to him, that he can squeeze world leaders, that he can use your tax dollars to dangle as aid in front of a foreign country, not for purposes of helping the United States of America, but for purposes of helping Donald Trump get reelected.”
Warren’s biggest competition in the Democratic presidential race remains Biden, who is still the frontrunner despite a history of viral flubs and mistakes, as well as accusations of corruption from his time in the Obama administration.
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