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Jeh Johnson, President Barack Obama’s secretary of Homeland Security, warned his fellow Democrats not to shift too leftward on the issue of immigration.
Johnson acknowledged most Americans want to help immigrants who are truly in need, but “when we talk about deprioritizing the deportation of those apprehended at the border or decriminalizing illegal immigration … That just simply incentives more illegal immigration. We lose control of our borders.
The article goes on to state the following:
“In the same vein, by taking a formal step of decriminalizing illegal immigration, what we’re saying as a country or society is we’re prepared to see a lot more of this. Society is prepared to see that behavior perhaps regularly but en masse and I don’t think that’s where the American people are. I’m a Democrat, I’m a loyal Democrat, and I want to see us win in 2020, but to do that we’ve got to appeal to the wide consensus out there on immigration and a lot of other issues,” he told Morning Joe on Wednesday.
Johnson clarified that while he does not back Democratic proposals for the decriminalization of illegal immigration, he also does not support President Trump’s hardline stance on immigration.
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