These four Democrats in crucial congressional races urged Biden to fund border security

Four Democratic candidates running in crucial congressional races across the country were part of a coalition of lawmakers who in September 2021 urged President Joe Biden to take sweeping action to cut funding for all government oversight bodies. borders and grant mass amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants in the United States. .

The letter, obtained by the Free Washington Beacon, has more than 700 Democratic signatories in a myriad of states ranging from Arizona to Wisconsin. The demands include calling on Congress to “divest from immigration law enforcement agencies like [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] and [Customs and Border Protection].”

The signatories “also demand that you prioritize the inclusion of a clean pathway to citizenship for essential workers, dreamers, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders and their families in all economic recovery legislation. , including through budget reconciliation”.

Two of the lawmakers on the letter are from Colorado and compete in competitive races: State Sen. Brittany Pettersen (D.), who is running in Colorado’s Seventh District, and State Rep. Yadira Caraveo (D. ), which occurs in Colorado’s Eighth District. . North Carolina State Sen. Wiley Nickel (D.), who also signed the letter, is running in the state’s 13th district. Gabe Vasquez (D.), former alderman of Las Cruces, NM, is running for Congress in his state’s second district.

By September 2021, migrant encounters on the southern border had reached an all-time high at over 1.7 million. But Democratic resistance to border security at the time reveals how few people realized that immigration would turn into a powerful election issue.

At the same time, many Democrats are trying to appear more moderate on border issues. Sen. Michael Bennet (D., Colo.), who is up for re-election in November, has attacked President Joe Biden for overseeing a “perpetual humanitarian crisis on our southern border” and offered additional funding for law enforcement on immigration.

Three of the letter Democrats, Nickel, Caraveo and Pettersen, make no reference to border security on their campaign websites. Vasquez has taken a more moderate approach since last year, calling for “comprehensive immigration reform…while ensuring we have a safe and secure border.”

The Free tag reported last month that Vasquez had tried to cover up his hardline views on law enforcement funding. During an interview with a local news station in June 2020, Vasquez called for “defunding a system that privileges white people over everyone else.” Vasquez has since deleted numerous references to the Black Lives Matter movement on social media.

Vasquez’s campaign requested a copy of the letter but declined to comment further.

Colorado Republicans believe they have an opportunity to leverage the border crisis against Democrats in the weeks leading up to Election Day. In a statement to Free tagColorado GOP Executive Director Joe Jackson said the September 2021 letter provides a clear contrast on the issue.

“The fact that Yadira Caraveo supports the abolition of ICE proves that she is an extremist more interested in promoting a far-left agenda than ensuring the safety of the citizens of the Eighth Congressional District,” he said. he declares. “The open border policies supported by Joe Biden and Yadira Caraveo have brought dangerous drugs to our state and created a devastating humanitarian and security crisis on our southern border.”

The Caraveo, Pettersen and Nickel campaigns did not respond to requests for comment.

Letter from State and Local Elected Officials for Immigrant Inclusion – September 2021_FINAL by Free Washington Beacon on Scribd

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