Once upon a time, American politicians agreed more than they disagreed on immigration policy.
They acknowledged its moral imperative and its economic and cultural benefits, but they didn’t sugar coat its challenges and deficiencies or deny the responsibility of the federal government to secure the border.
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As Peter Beinart explained in The Atlantic, the time of policy consensus was not so long ago.
In 2008, the year President Barack Obama was elected, the Democratic Party platform cautioned its members about “undocumented and unchecked” immigrants and those who employ them. By the time Hillary Clinton had received her party’s nomination, that language had been scrubbed.
Republicans, for their part, are guilty of a rightward shift.
President George W. Bush,
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