Where is Democratic Party superstar and pace-setter Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on immigration? “AOC” emphatically supports Central American caravans heading north to take advantage of U. S. asylum loopholes and judge-imposed “catch-and-release” for those bringing minors:
“…the women and children on the border seeking refuge and opportunity in the United States of America with nothing but the shirt on their backs are acting more American than any person who seeks to keep them out ever will be.”
How much “more American” are these Central Americans?
“We have to have respect children, respect for families, respect for human rights, and respect for the right of human mobility. Because it is a right. It is a right because we are standing on native land. And Latino people are descendants of native people. And we cannot be told and criminalized simply for our identity or our status. Period.”
Latinos have superior rights on this continent. Period. In fairness to AOC, I’ve heard this logic from much older white Democrats. But never with her fervor. Ocasio-Cortez and those like-minded are the future of the Democratic Party. They have unearned political momentum. “Unearned” because our absurd immigration laws are handing them the nation. They needn’t lift a finger to one-day enjoy one-party rule over this country.
Consider: In 1970 the U. S. was 88 percent non-Hispanic white. The foreign-born totaled 10 million. 70 percent of those were from Europe. But in 1965, Congress had passed the Hart-Celler Immigration Act. Hart-Celler opened immigration to the world. Its “family reunification” provisions over time produced “chain migration” of relatives.
By 2019 there are now 45 million foreign-born in the U.S. They are 14 percent of the population. That’s the highest percentage foreign-born in 100 years. By contrast to 1970, 10% percent are from Europe. 50% are from Latin America. 35% are from Asia. There’s no end in sight for what amounts to a rapid demographic displacement of the majority.
Intensifying the troubles ahead: Our hostile elite has weaponized disparities in outcomes among the many groups constituting America. Terms such racism, “white privilege,” “micro-aggressions,” “implicit bias” are used to pathologize the majority and its history.
But the situation is fluid. Free speech is pivotal. Freedom of speech is under relentless assault because the left controls all institutions — including the tech monopolies. But this hostile elite is so weak intellectually they are extremely vulnerable. It’s anybody’s guess who will prevail.