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Obama’s DHS Secretary Rejects Democrat Candidates’ Calls for Open Borders

Jeh Johnson declared that proposals to decriminalize illegal immigration were tantamount to open borders.

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2020 Democrat Presidential candidates have sought to stand out with increasingly radical and extreme pro-immigration policy proposals, and one Democrat isn’t having it. 

Jeh Johnson, the former Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security during the Obama administration, has struck back against calls from leading Democrats such as Julian Castro to “decriminalize” illegal immigration. Speaking on Tuesday to the Washington Post, he said that such proposals represented a thinly veiled call for open borders.

That is tantamount to declaring publicly that we have open borders,” Johnson said about Castro’s proposal. “That is unworkable, unwise and does not have the support of a majority of American people or the Congress, and if we had such a policy, instead of 100,000 apprehensions a month, it will be multiples of that.”

The former DHS Secretary correctly points out that a neutering of immigration enforcement will serve as a de facto invitation for unprecedented millions of illegal immigrants to make the dangerous and perilous journey to the United States. 

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Johnson went on to reject comparisons of immigration detention centers to fascist and racist concentration camps, alluding to other Democrats such as Cory Booker have called for the full on abolition of immigration detention. He correctly pointed out that the detention centers fixated upon by Democrats were not a creation of the Trump administration, having been utilized (and many of them created) during the Obama administration.

Johnson took an honest and nuanced approach in pushing back against the radical open-borders policies of Democrat candidates. But his arguments will likely fall upon deaf ears to members of his own party, who will settle for nothing less than an immigration policy that brings in anyone and everyone with a desire to immigrate to the United States.

If radical pro-immigration Democrats such as Castro succeed in taking power, the immigration enforcement policies executed by DHS under both the Obama and Trump administrations will be no more.

Hundreds of millions of immigrants from the world’s tragically poorest and most desperate countries will be free to pour into the United States, leaving it an completely unrecognizable nation to its existing citizens.

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