by Allan Wall, Border Hawk, ©2022
(Nov. 3, 2022) — The 2022 midterm elections are scheduled for Tuesday, November 8th.
Here at Border Hawk, we cannot endorse candidates. But we can examine the issues.
Could the results of these midterms change U.S. immigration policy?
The Biden administration’s border policies have allowed millions of illegal aliens to enter our country and stay here. (See: Do We Have an Open Border – Or a Weaponized Border?)
Both chambers of Congress are currently controlled by Joe Biden’s Democratic Party.
But the midterm elections could change Congress. Thirty-five out of 100 senators and all 435 representatives are up for a vote.
Could a Republican-controlled Congress force the Biden administration to improve the border situation? Would GOP leadership take such action?
Once again, we can’t endorse partisan candidates here at Border Hawk, but it ought to be obvious that nowadays, Democrats favor illegal immigration more than Republicans do.
On its website, the Numbers USA organization has a letter grade rating system for senators and representatives. The more a member of Congress votes to restrict immigration, the higher the grade they receive.
Look at the page listing all Democrats.
The highest grade (!) is a C+ and only one representative (Jared Golden, Maine 2nd District) has that grade. Senators Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Pat Ryan of New York’s 19th District each has a grade of F. All other Democratic senators and representatives have F- grades.
Democrats didn’t used to be like this and it’s too bad they are now.
Wouldn’t it be great if both major parties concurred on immigration policy while agreeing to disagree on other issues?
On the Numbers USA Republican page, the highest grade is A+ (53 members of Congress have that rating) and the lowest grade is D, earned by Senators Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine.
Bottom line, congressional Republicans have much better voting records on immigration than Democrats. That’s not an endorsement, just a fact.
There are a number of Republican candidates for Congress appearing to favor more restrictive immigration policies. Allow me to mention two.
J.D. Vance, candidate for the U.S. Senate from Ohio, is against illegal immigration but also questions our legal immigration system.
In a debate with his opponent, Rep. Tim Ryan, the much-publicized case of the 10-year-old girl who was raped and got an abortion was brought up.
Vance raised the immigration aspect, as she had been raped by an illegal alien.
“If you would have done your job she would never have been raped in the first place,” Vance told Ryan, who responded with a deer-in-headlights look.
This is what we need more of – tying immigration to other issues.
Blake Masters, senatorial candidate in Arizona, has spoken about the border crisis and has also been unafraid to tackle such taboo subjects as demographics, black crime, and single-income families
In addition to Congress, there are elections for state legislatures and, in 36 states, elections for governor.
All four border states (Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California) are holding gubernatorial races.
The California election pits Democratic incumbent Gavin Newsom against Republican challenger Brian Dahle. Looking at Dahle’s website, I don’t see anything about immigration. At any rate, it’s unlikely Dahle will win. A recent poll had Newsom beating Dahle 55% to 36%.
A poll in New Mexico shows a much tighter race for governor, with Democrat incumbent Michelle Lujan Grisham (49%) barely edging Republican challenger Mark Ronchetti (46%).
On Ronchetti’s website, the former meteorologist has a border security page wherein he pledges to end “sanctuary policies,” put the National Guard on the border, and set up a Border Strike Force to “target border-related crimes.”
Texas Governor Greg Abbott, running for reelection, has already been taking action on the border under the aegis of Operation Lone Star.
In Arizona, Republican gubernatorial challenger Kari Lake promises to end the border crisis in Arizona and form a coalition of states in working to secure the border. (See: The Kari Lake Plan to Secure the Border)
There is plenty to watch in these midterms.
November 8th looks to be an interesting day and night.
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