America’s southern border has been flooded with migrants in the weeks since President Joe Biden took office. But while those on the right have labeled the situation an all-out crisis, one Republican lawmaker says that Democrats see it as something else: an opportunity.
According to Breitbart, U.S. Sen. Mike Braun of Indiana charged Saturday that Democrats are hoping to use the influx of migrants to pad their voter rolls and all but guarantee wins for their party in future elections.
A calculated decision
Speaking with Breitbart News Saturday, Braun said while Dems may be trying to play the “humanitarian” card, all they’re really after is new voters.
In Braun’s view, the Democratic Party has made a “calculation” that a significant number of those crossing the border illegally today will “become voters for [Dems] down the road.”
“That is the ugly underpinning of what the Democrats are doing, and they disguise it as humanitarian, and if that were the case, they would not let what happened what we all witnessed,” the GOP senator declared, according to Breitbart.
The “border plan”
Of course, Braun isn’t alone in making that claim. Conservative commentator Candace Owens expressed a similar sentiment earlier this month during an interview with Fox News host Tucker Carlson.
According to Fox, Owens characterized the situation as a “border plan” by Democrats to “import” a class of “victim voters.”
“What I mean when I say victim voters is that they’re going to implement the same plan they have executed successfully on Black America for the last six decades,” Owens predicted. “What comes next for these illegal immigrants? Free stuff!”
The crisis continues
While White House communications director Kate Bedingfield recently claimed that the increase in migration is simply a “cyclical” problem, many Republicans maintain that it was caused by rhetoric and policy decisions from President Biden.
Shortly after taking office, Biden announced that he was ending the Trump-era “Remain in Mexico” policy, which required asylum-seekers to stay in Mexico while their claims were processed.
The Biden administration also canceled further construction of Donald Trump’s famed wall at the southern border, according to Fox, and announced a 100-day halt on deportations. That moratorium is now being challenged in federal court.
In the meantime, some 18,000 migrant children are said to still be in U.S. custody as the crisis at the border continues.