The Corner

Immigration

The Websites of Vulnerable Senate Democrats Are Silent on Immigration

Despite the fact that some pundits think that immigration politics could be a real boon to Democrats in the 2018 midterms, the “issues” campaign webpages of many vulnerable Senate Democrats do not really discuss immigration, if they mention it at all. The “issues” pages of Jon Tester (Mont.), Claire McCaskill (Mo.), Joe Donnelly (Ind.), Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), and Bill Nelson (Fla.) all talk about health care but don’t highlight immigration. Sherrod Brown (Ohio) is comfortably ahead in most polls, but his “issues” page doesn’t have an “immigration” topic, either. These senators all voted for the Gang of Eight bill, which would have dramatically increased legal immigration and provided a mass amnesty, but they don’t trumpet this issue here.

On the other hand, many of their Republican opponents do highlight immigration as an issue. In Florida, Rick Scott has a page on immigration that reiterates his support for both a DACA fix and efforts to stop illegal immigration. Montana’s Matt Rosendale has an issues page calling for the building of a wall. Kevin Cramer, who is challenging Heitkamp in North Dakota, highlights immigration, as does Donnelly’s Republican opponent, Mike Braun.

In many of these contested races, it seems that Republicans are more eager to emphasize immigration than Democrats. That may in part be because of enthusiasm among core GOP voters about this issue, but it may also be because discussing certain elements of immigration policy (such as enforcement and the size of immigration flows) could be more politically perilous for Democrats. For instance, many progressive activists want to increase the rate of legal immigration, but many public opinion polls suggest that increasing legal immigration is an unpopular position.

Fred Bauer — Fred Bauer is a writer from New England. His work has been featured in numerous publications, including The Weekly Standard and The Daily Caller. He also blogs at ...

Most Popular

U.S.

The Media Fell for Elizabeth Warren’s Spin

Do you want to know what media bias looks like? Earlier today, Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren released DNA test results that confirmed that she misled employers, students, and the public about her Native American heritage for years. Bizarrely, all too many members of the media treated the results as ... Read More
Culture

A Free People Must Be Virtuous

Dear Reader (Even those of you who didn’t seem to notice or care that I failed to file this “news”letter on Friday), So I’m sitting here at Gate C6 at O’Hare waiting for my flight home. I am weary, pressed for time, in desperate need of a shower, and filled with a great sense of dread for the work ... Read More
Politics & Policy

The World Keeps Not Ending

We were not supposed to have made it this far. George Orwell saw night descending on us in 1984. Orwell was, on paper, a radical, but in his heart he was an old-fashioned English liberal. He dreamed of socialism but feared socialists. He feared them because he knew them. I was in the sixth grade in 1984, but I ... Read More
PC Culture

‘White Women’ Becomes a Disparaging Term

Using “white men” as a putdown is no longer extreme enough for the Left. Now it is moving on to doing the same for “white women.” How rapidly this transpired. It was less than two years ago that the approximately 98.7 percent of white women working in media who were openly rooting for Hillary Clinton ... Read More