For the past week I have seen quiet a few headlines from liberal news outlets outright lying about the percentage on the left who do in fact want open borders, like the NYT “No Democrat’s Don’t Want Open Borders” CNN - “Abolish Ice, Isn’t About Open Borders” - Chicago Tribune - "It’s Time To Build A Wall Around the Open Borders Lie.
A Harvard/Harris Poll was just released which has high rating marks by 538 for their polling accuracy begs to differ.
Here was two of the questions asked that shows that the left is indeed moving in the direction of open borders
“Do you think we need stricter or looser enforcement of our immigration laws?” Seventy percent (92 percent of Republicans, 51 percent of Democrats, and 69 percent of independents) said stricter, while 30 percent said loose
“Do you think that people who make it across our border illegally should be allowed to stay in the country or sent home?”
Sixty-four percent said illegal aliens should be sent home and thirty-six percent said they should be allowed to stay. A staggering 53 percent of Democrats polled, however, believe that any immigrant that makes it to America’s borders should be allowed to stay.
So there you have it, over 50% of Democrats believe if you illegally get across the border you are in, and should be allowed to stay. This is how far to the left the democrats have moved to, to the left of Bernie Sanders who wouldn’t even agree with a question like that.
A small story on how the current legal immigration laws work compared to what the democrats want by a real life story I can tell you about my Uncle who is currently engaged to a lady from Belarus in which he met online, and has visited 3-4 for times I think before they decided to get married.
By the law, they had to fill out a ton of paperwork after hiring a lawyer with the USCIS and wait months before they got and answer in which after four to five months they were approved with the first step. They ran a thorough background check on him for any past crimes he might have committed which would have automatically disqualified them as well as show proof of a true relationship with pictures, letters, emails, plane ticket receipts etc.
After they were approved by the USCIS their case was then sent to the department of the NVC in which does a thorough background check with the embassies in Belarus to make sure the spouse was clean, no criminal history, they checked medical records, bank records, and everything that could be imagined.
After this was approved (3-4 months) the lady was granted an interview with American Embassy in Belarus in which they grilled her with questions to make sure she was not just coming to try and score a green card and that her intentions was true. The whole thing took them around one year. Before she traveled over to America she had to show the border guards at the airport that she had been approved and had full vaccinations that were required by the U.S. government before entry.
It get’s better my Uncle had to prove that he was two times above national poverty level by showing his pay stubs from work, as well as list all his financial assets including all property, stocks, retirement, banking statements, they even asked how many cars he owned and what kind. Why you may ask?
Because he had to sign a contract with the government that said she was his fiscal responsibility and not the tax payers. If they happened to get a divorce he will have to pay her around $24,000 a year or whatever is above the poverty line is. The only way this contract will end is if he she either A. Applies and gets her citizenship, B. He dies. C. She works in the US for 40 quarters or 10 years with a green card.
So this adventure to get married has taxed both of their nerves as if you are a citizen in Belarus it’s close to impossible to get a visa to visit the U.S. So they corresponded on Skype, emails. etc before she arrived last year.
So if you do things legally you are responsible for everything by the person you bring here, if he doesn’t pay in the misfortune they get a divorce and go to court they can take his property. Compare that to the democrat policy, if you manage to break in the country you should be allowed to stay on the taxpayers dime.
How is this fair? It’s not but they went through the legal process so she could not become a liabitlity to the taxpayers of the U.S. The left want to skip this step if they are coming from the southern border and put the burden on the taxpayers of the U.S.
If anyone is interested here is the complete findings of the Harvard/Harris Poll