HBO’s Bill Maher calls immigration issue an ‘Achilles’ heel’ for Democrats in elections

Recent polls have revealed that President Joe Biden is getting low marks over his failure to address the migrant crisis along America’s southern border.

The situation is so bad that even some high-profile liberals are warning that the Democratic Party could pay an electoral price. Fox News reports that television host Bill Maher brought up the issue of illegal immigration on Friday’s episode of his HBO show, Real Time, warning that the issue could prove to be an “Achilles’ heel” for Democrats.

Maher has generated a number of headlines in recent months for going against the Biden administration and ultra-progressive Democrats.

Democrats’ “Achilles’ heel”

“I feel like this is the Democrats’ version of health care for the Republicans,” Maher said Friday. “The issue they don’t really address, they don’t seem to really have a plan for it. And always is their Achilles’ heel come election time.”

Maher’s guests included Washington Post columnist Robert Costa, who argued that the Biden administration’s failure to bring the border crisis under control could lead to a repeat of 2016.

Costa recalled how the issue “propelled Trump, in part, to the presidency in 2016, making the case to working-class voters — many of them White — that immigration levels need to be lower, both legal and undocumented workers.”

The columnist went on to add that allowing waves of migrants to pour into the country is “going to be a major issue for Republicans” during the 2022 midterm elections.

Other impacts

Also on the program was recording artist Michael Render, who is better known by his stage name “Killer Mike.” He cautioned that many in the Black community are concerned about the impact that illegal immigration has on the job market.

As Fox News noted, Maher, at one point, read a quote that he initially attributed to former President Donald Trump before revealing that the remark was actually made by progressive Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).

“If you open borders — my God. There’s a lot of poverty in this world and you’re gonna have people all over the world,” the quote said. “And I don’t think that’s something we can do at this point.”

The host also compared America’s approach to that of its northern neighbor, stating, “Canada is much more to the right on immigration.”

“You have to have a skill. That’s mostly what it’s based on. Ours is mostly based on family. And it’s odd because we still can’t find enough workers in this country,” Maher said, according to Fox.

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