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Obama DHS Chief Says 2020 Democrats Have “Unworkable” And “Unwise” Immigration Positions

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Democratic presidential candidates have “unworkable” and “unwise” immigration policies, according to Obama administration Homeland Security chief Jeh Johnson.

“That is tantamount to declaring publicly that we have open borders,” Johnson told the Washington Post on Tuesday, referring to a push to decriminalize illegal immigration. “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.”

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Johnson’s comments follow sharp criticism of the 2020 Democratic contenders, who all raised their hands during the second night of debates when asked if illegal immigrants should receive taxpayer-funded health insurance (let’s not forget that Obamacare penalized American citizens who weren’t covered).

On Tuesday, Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) said he would “virtually eliminate immigration detention” by executive order. During last week’s debate, presidential candidate Julián Castro proposed decriminalizing illegal border crossings — a position other Democrats in the race rapidly adopted. –Washington Post

Meanwhile, Johnson on Friday pointed out that the “cages” housing detained migrants weren’t built by President Trump, noting “Chain link barriers, partitions, fences, cages, whatever you want to call them, were not invented on January 20, 2017, OK?”

Jeh Johnson touring detention facility during Obama administration

“But during that 72 hour period, when you have something that is a multiple, like four times of what you’re accustomed to in the existing infrastructure, you’ve got to find places quickly to put kids. You cant just dump 7-year-old kids on the streets of McAllen or El Paso. And so these facilities were erected …they put those chain link partitions up so you could segregate young women from young men, kids from adults, until they were either released or transferred to HHS.” (via Daily Caller). 

via zerohedge

10 COMMENTS

  1. Johnson is right. What he said is rather obvious to most people. But will democrat voter understand the consequences of what all the contenders are proposing?

  2. There is an abandoned prison in Robinson Illinois. It has a mess hall, medical facility, and I believe it will house 4700 people or illigal immigrants.
    There are several prisons and other facilities around the US that could be used to house illigal immigrants and save 100s of millions of tax payer dollars on catch and release.
    What Americans DO NOT REALISE, If these immigrants are released they get Medicare, Medicare, and a housing voucher for $50,000.Thats Fifty thousand dollars a year housing and all medical and food paid for by the american people, I.E American Tax Payers.
    Catch and Release Costs American Taxpayers an annual bill of $113,000,000 thats BILLIONS in total housing, court, and all cost combined. AND THIS IS A VERIFIABLE FACT that the DEMOCRATS are not telling you.
    So spending 10 BILLION to fish the wall is a no brainer people.

  3. There is an abandoned prison in Robinson Illinois. It has a mess hall, medical facility, and I believe it will house 4700 people or illigal immigrants.
    There are several prisons and other facilities around the US that could be used to house illigal immigrants and save 100s of Billions of tax payer dollars on catch and release.
    What Americans DO NOT REALISE, If these immigrants are released they get Medicare, Medicaid, and a housing voucher for $50,000.Thats Fifty thousand dollars a year housing and all medical and food paid for by the american people, I.E American Tax Payers.
    Catch and Release Costs American Taxpayers an annual bill of $113,000,000 thats BILLIONS in total housing, court, legal fees and all cost combined. AND THIS IS A VERIFIABLE FACT that the DEMOCRATS are not telling you.
    So spending 10 BILLION to finish the wall is a no brainer people.

  4. Just what would the illigal immigrants do once they get to Illinois ? Will there be places they can work and get paid for it ? Will Illinois keep them on welfare the rest of their lives or will they sort them out and ship to other places in OUR COUNTRY? It would be great for every one that abandoned prisons or other places that has the facilities would help out a lot and the buildings would not just be empty and falling down. This would also give the illigals a chance to finally find a real job and lasting home once they are passed all the paper work and get a place to live and work. Sure would save us AMERICANS TAXPAYERS MONEY!! Our government needs to look into these empty buildings and start using them again . A SR. CIT.

  5. I’m with you Bart, Send them back and as for our abandoned prisons we can allways use them for the Socialist Democraps and put those traitors to our Constitution and way of life where they belong.

  6. Jeh Johnson has common sense which is more than the hopeful Democratic leadership candidates have. There is no possible way that 100,000 people walking over the border can be easily accommodated when it is necessary to give them medical attention, food, reasonable accommodation and assimilate them into some type of residence. Most have nowhere to go so anyone attempting to promote no borders lacks common sense and probably also lacks any brains.

  7. Today’s Democratic Socialist party, is the Most Corrupt Party in American History.
    The only time they care about who commits illegal Criminal acts, is when it’s not there party who has Committed the Crime, or illegal Acts. They have a different Justice System for themselves, than any other Party . Hillary and Obama, are Proof of that.

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