Barack Obama’s admin deported MORE people then Trump has ….
Obama went hardcore in a effort to show Republicans he was serious about getting an immigration ‘deal’….
Republicans did NOT bite….
Donald Trump ran on hardcore immigration crack downs ….
First with a ban of people from Arab countries ,…
Then with his rants about building a ‘wall’ to keep people out….
Polling on immigration in 2016 supported Trump’s wall position marginally because he made people worried about immigrants…
But the treatment of immigrants has turned the public increasingly against Trump’s actions as it did against Obama’s….
We now have Joe Biden hinting that he was against the Obama crack down actions….
This would of course help him to get on the right side of the immigration issue with latinos and asians for the Democratic primaries and before Trump’s resurrection of the immigration issue for November’s election….
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden suggested Saturday that he opposed Barack Obama’s deportation policy, but didn’t speak out because he was vice president.
“You privately know where I was on that but I’m not going to get into that because I was vice president,” Biden told Hector Sanchez Barba, who worked with the Obama administration on immigration policy as the leader of a Latino labor group. He’s now executive director and chief executive officer of Mi Familia Vota, a group that works to build Latino political power, which hosted Biden on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Biden’s remark implied that he disagreed with the then-president’s approach but didn’t want to discuss his opposition publicly.
Biden has previously defended the Obama policy, which resulted in the deportation of a record 3 million immigrants over eight years, saying it was the law of the land.
During Democratic primary debates last year, Biden was pressed on that record by moderators and by other candidates, including Julian Castro, who was Obama’s second-term housing secretary. Biden declined then to break from Obama.
“The president did the best thing that was able to be done at the time,” he said at the September debate. Pressed on his own views, he deflected responsibility, responding: “I’m the vice president of the United States.”
Later in that exchange, Biden added: “I stand with Barack Obama all eight years ― good, bad and indifferent.”
Biden said Saturday that deportations would be limited if he were elected. “No one would be deported in my administration who hasn’t committed a felony,” he said….
Pew asked whether immigrants “strengthen our country because of their hard work and talents” or “are a burden on our country because they take our jobs, housing and health care.” The proportion embracing immigration jumped from 53% in 2015 to 62% this year.
Trump sent troops to the border, warned of an America exposed without a wall and ran ads showing illegal immigrants who murdered innocent Americans, and yes, he made immigration the most important reason to vote against the Democrats in the off-year elections. His party lost the House in a 53%-45% landslide last year and has lost the battle of public opinion on immigration by much more than that.
In 2019, Trump escalated his battle against immigration by separating children from their parents, creating camps for the pent-up migrants in the United States and Mexico, and ending America’s historic identity as a country that will accept refugees.
What happened? In one of the most stunning results in our surveys, the proportion responding warmly to the term “immigrants to the U.S.” went up from 52% in January 2019, to 59% in July, to 67% in September. 67%….