Democrats Silent on Caravan



While media coverage of the thousands of economic migrants marching toward the U.S. has been myopically focused on stories of individual migrants, the Democrats have granted consent by virtue of what appears to be a strategy of silence.

As the numbers of economic migrants making their way from Honduras increase every day and another migrant caravan numbering in the thousands dispatched on Tuesday from Guatemala, Democrat Party lawmakers and candidates refuse to address the burgeoning national security crisis.

“The president is desperate to change the subject from health care to immigration because he knows that health care is the number one issue Americans care about,” said a joint statement released by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

“Democrats are focused like a laser on health care and will not be diverted,” they concluded.

Not talking about immigration may be a decision driven by an electoral timeline and a desire to limit losses in November. It also is a political strategy to downplay the real open border agenda that will be pursued if Democrats regain control of one or both houses of Congress.

Of the few Democrats who have commented when asked by a news reporter (and few have been asked), the remarks have either criticized President Trump’s rhetoric or said the migrants should be “welcomed.”

“[O]ur strength has always been that we are a tolerant country, that we are welcoming, in particular, those who have fled harm,” said Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) during a stop in the crucial presidential state of Iowa.

Meanwhile, Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland said there should be a “welcoming audience” and a “process” to hear the migrants’ claims of asylum.

But Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) noted that supporting a process and remaining silent will only invite further efforts to violate U.S. borders.

“Saying you think they should all be allowed in & processed is an open invitation for more “caravans”. This is not some authentic & organic migration. This is a highly choreographed effort to challenge our immigration laws & dare us to enforce them,” he tweeted.

Rather than ducking a critical national security issue out of fear that it might alienate some segment of the electorate, it would be refreshing if lawmakers of all political stripes would step up to address a real and present danger to Americans.

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Jennifer joined FAIR as Web Content Writer in 2017 and brings to the role extensive communications and media background. She began her career as a policy research analyst on multiple national and state political campaigns before entering journalism. In addition to spending over a decade writing for several broadcast and print news outlets, Jennifer directed communications strategy for a member of Congress and a military nonprofit.

6 Comments

  1. avatar

    Well ofcourse the dumbs are silent about the caravan. But those of us with just half a brain, know in our hearts that they can’t wait for their new voters to get here.

    I am sick to death of these people coming here illegally…..even legally! Since hurricane Irma, we have been inundated with the LOUD puerto ricans being here. Most of them do not speak a word of English. The dumbs are absolutely silent because they know if they talk about the caravans, they will lose votes. MOST Americans do not want these people her.

    Just when was it planned that America would become a latino country?? Answer that one obama……………

  2. avatar

    Too take these people in will mean 10,000 more cars on the road,people driving without insurance or drivers license,more drugs for our kids,they will get free medical,free anchor babies which can draw welfare,they carry head lice and bed bugs,if you support this– post your address they will need a place to live.

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    Democrats want to stick to Health Care because they want to push their “Medicare for All” idea. As if all the people who have worked hard their entire lives are willing to let everyone utilize their hard earned Medicare money. Hard working Americans are getting tired of footing the tab of free stuff for those who have never earned it. Right now the Immigration “caravan” is an issue that needs to be taken care of before they show up at the US/Mexico border.

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    It’s time to close down our borders completely lock down ! With troop support and build the wall now it’s the only way to slow the invaders down. Don’t worry about tunnels we have equipment to find oil & gas that penetrate the ground that go very deep can find any tunnels below ground.

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    They Love the Russian Collusion Fake News Though

    They hate being called the open border party, which identifies them clearly, especially when an army of 10-30K invaders are marching to invade our country now…through open borders with no WALL and no court support for Trump’s zero tolerance.

  6. avatar

    Silence is consent. The Libtards don’t want to open their fat yaps about this so soon to the midterms.