In a recent appearance on NBC’s Meet the Press, Brown argued that normal Americans do not care if illegal drugs and foreign criminals flow across the southern border.
“I think my voters in Ohio are reasonable. We’re a slightly lean Republican state now,” Brown told host Chuck Todd. “I don’t hear much about immigration from voters, except for people on the far right that always want to gain political advantage by talking about it.”
He also noted that Americans support Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the Obama-era executive order that suspended immigration officials enforcing federal law against anyone who arrived in the country under the age of 18.
The program, which resulted in a flood of new unaccompanied minors at the border, was designed to guilt Americans into granting citizenship to hundreds of thousands of illegals.
For this reason, Brown claimed, “serious-minded people” just want centrist immigration policies, no matter how destructive.
“When serious-minded people talk about it, they’re looking for something like Thom [Tillis] and Kyrsten [Sinema] were suggesting, and they’re also emphasizing the Dreamer kids, the DACA kids, who are, as I said, essentially Americans except for the paperwork,” Brown continued.
Brown concluded the interview by claiming that, after the Democrats took the Senate in the recent midterms, his preferred border policies might finally triumph.
“Maybe with this new Republican House and Democratic Senate, we finally get serious about the immigration reform, instead of pointing fingers, saying disaster is about to happen,” Brown said.
“I think the administration will figure it out short term,” he added. “Instead of bashing on immigrants or appealing to new citizens, whatever, we’ve got to get serious about it.”
“Here’s the biggest frustration for all the Republicans rhetoric about chaos at the border,” said Padilla, a Democrat who is the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s immigration, citizenship and border safety subcommittee.
“No. 1, they have yet to come forward with a plan of how to better handle this scenario,” he said. “No. 2, they have not been willing to commit the additional resources that the departments and agencies say that they need to handle this big influx.”
“The fact is, what we’ve got right now is not working and is about to break in a post-42 world unless we take some responsibility and ownership,” Newsom recently said, alluding to the Biden administration’s plan to lift the Trump-era Title 42 which restricted immigration.