Back in 2013 Democratic Senators such as Chuck Schumer, Mazie Hirono, and Elizabeth Warren voted yes to protect the border along the United States and Mexico in a bipartisan effort in immigration reform. Included was about 700 miles of fencing along the border and efforts to end chain migration and the visa lottery. Flash forward to 2019 and these same type of Democrats are no longer supporting immigration reform strategies proposed by President Donald Trump.
People want to know what changed.
In 2013, the effort was basically led by then-Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer in which 52 Democrats and two independents were satisfied enough to say OK to the proposed legislation.
These folks voted yes on immigration reform in 2013.
The Washington Examiner stated that the said legislation “called for “no fewer than 700 miles” of border fencing.
It also included a section detailing the end of the diversity visa, a lottery for green cards meant to diversify the U.S. immigrant population.
And it rewrote rules for which relatives of legal immigrants could come in, the so-called “chain migration” blueprint, to limit the numbers.
The provisions that were included in the legislation sponsored by Schumer, S.744 – Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, are very similar to those Trump is now pushing in his broad plan he will outline in tonight’s State of the Union address.
The bill was dubbed the “Gang of Eight” for those backing it, and it ultimately failed in the House.”
Even though it failed in the house, the bill won in the Senate at a 68-32 vote and all NO votes were from Republicans. Quite a different stance from the groupthink in 2019 where Republicans now want secure borders after numerous crimes occurred at the hands of illegal immigrants and drug smuggling have carried on for too long.
To make 2013’s proposed legislation and immigration reform even more interesting, we must also factor in former President Bill Clinton. He supported a proposal by late Representative Barbara Jordan, of Texas, to drastically decrease immigration entirely. “Her 1997 Commission on Immigration Reform called for reducing legal immigration to 550,000. The White House named January 17 Barbara Jordan Day, noting the 21st anniversary of her death by highlighting her support for comprehensive immigration reform including the end of chain migration.”
The big difference between now and then is the level of bipartisanship. Why did more Senate members vote yes collectively on securing the American border back then, but now it seems like Democrats can’t be bothered with it? Does it have something to do with who’s running the White House? Are Democrats reluctant to be bipartisan in immigration reforms because they don’t want to support a major creation such as Trump’s idea of a border wall?
It appears as though President Trump is willing to allow an increase in younger illegal immigrants, a number higher than Democrats had expected. The Washington Examiner believes that’s quite a carrot for Trump to dangle in front of Democrats in hopes to bring them to his side of politics. That number is 1.8 million.
“Also, the president did not include an “E-Verify” program to require employers to make sure their workers are legal. Democrats have fought that and administration officials felt it was worth leaving out of the president’s plan in another bid for Democratic support.
But so far Democrats are lining up in opposition, even to the provisions they approved in 2013.”
Yet still, why are major Democrats such as Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer against Trump’s version of border security and immigration reform?
It appears the Democratic Party is not interested in a ‘Trump wall’ – but there already exists barriers and fences along portions of the United States and Mexican border.
Trump’s wall would simply increase the already existing barriers while serving as a deterrent for those trying to break into America illegally.