On CBS’s Face The Nation, 2020 presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand vows to release all illegal immigrants into American communities as long as they are “claiming asylum” in the United States.
The New York Senator promised she would stop all detentions of illegal border crossers and release every foreigner arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border. In addition to the open border’s policy, Gillibrand would provide free legal aid to each border crosser.
Gillibrand stated, “As president of the United States, I would not fund any for-profit prisons, I would not lock up these families.”
She then declared, “I would have a humane immigration policy where people … would have lawyers and have a proper asylum process. “I wouldn’t keep them in detention at all.”
When Gillibrand was questioned on how she would handle the uptick in border apprehensions and crossings, she explained that no border crossers and illegal aliens claiming asylum would be jailed under her administration.
The New York Senator stated, “They don’t need to be incarcerated.”
She also added, “If they’re given a lawyer and given a process, they will follow it. They can go into the community…”
Border crossings are reaching George W. Bush-era levels according to BLP reports. Additionally, new studies show that mass migration comes with a massive price tag. The dangers of uncontrolled migration are no longer hypothetical. The European Union has given the world a close look at the dangerous socio-economic effects of open borders. BLP highlighted the German case, where no-go zones are starting to pop up.
Gillibrand’s virtue signaling on mass migration is standard for present-day Democrats. However, virtue signaling comes with a major cost in the real world when dealing with sensitive subjects like mass immigration.
Fox News Ratings Crater, Trailing CNN and MSNBC for First Time in 21 Years
A brutal collapse over the past two-and-a-half months.
Recent data from Nielsen shows that Fox News finished behind both CNN and MSNBC in ratings to open the month of January.
This is the first time in twenty-one years that that has happened, according to Daily Wire.
Nielsen’s ratings data shows that CNN finished number one among cable news networks with approximately 2.8 million viewers per day from January 4 through January 10, including 4.2 million in primetime.
MSNBC came in second with 2.3 million viewers per day and 3.8 million in primetime. And in third was Fox News with 1.7 million viewers per day and 3.2 million in primetime.
This is tough data for the conservative-leaning network. Over the past couple decades Fox has become accustomed to completely dominating the ratings, oftentimes receiving more viewership than CNN and MSNBC combined. Several factors contribute to the fall of Fox, including but not limited to:
- The death of Roger Ailes in 2017 and subsequent changes in network leadership
- Their disastrous Election Night coverage on November 3
- Donald Trump’s loss to Joe Biden
- An ostensible effort to distance themselves from Trump
- A real or perceived softening of their conservatism in general
- Trump’s public irritation with the network, to the point of telling people to migrate over to Newsmax and One America News Network (OANN)
Fox News has recently announced lineup changes as well. This is standard practice in the cable news industry and may not have much to do with their suffering ratings, though there’s a likely possibility that it does. Fox will be adding an hour-long opinion show in place of Martha MacCallum’s news show “The Story,” which had fallen behind both CNN and MSNBC’s 7pm timeslots after a stretch of being “comfortably ahead in ratings.” The network will also shuffle some of their daytime lineup.
As Joe Biden works through his first 100 days as president, it will be interesting to see how Fox News continues to perform, not only in comparison with CNN and MSNBC, but also with OANN and Newsmax.
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