California AG’s Answer to Illegal Immigration? Decriminalize It!

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In an interview with HuffPost this week, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said that illegal immigration…should no longer be illegal.

“They are not criminals,” Becerra told the liberal outlet. “They haven’t committed a crime against someone, and they are not acting violently or in a way that’s harmful to people. And I would argue they are not harming people indirectly either.”

While Becerra’s idea is not mainstream among Democratic politicians, it does follow a line of logic that Democrats have long used to move the country further to the left. It is akin to the Obama-era school disciplinary reforms. If black kids are getting suspended and expelled at a higher rate than whites, the answer is not to find out why black schoolchildren can’t behave, the answer is to eliminate suspensions and expulsions altogether. Likewise, if the prisons are filled up with black criminals, the answer isn’t to figure out why black people keep committing crimes, the answer is to take the laws most commonly broken off the books.

Here, Becerra wants to take that same philosophy and apply it to illegal immigrants. Instead of figuring out a way to protect our borders from the nonstop onslaught of unwanted migration from the south, we’ll just make it so illegal immigration is no longer a crime. Poof, no more illegal immigration!

“If you call them criminals, it’s a lot easier to get people to turn against them than if you call them undocumented immigrants,” Becerra said.

There it is. In saying that, Becerra points out one of the biggest (and, sadly, most successful) tools of the left: language shift. By using politically correct language, liberals can move the conversation towards the more concrete goals they want to achieve. Who wants to oppose “a woman’s right to choose?” Who cares enough to get fired up about an “undocumented worker?” The language intentionally obfuscates the truth about the issue at hand, making it so much easier for Democrats to take the next step, which is getting Americans to accept the moral, criminal, and/or ethical wrong at the core of the subject.

Show us even a single instance where a push to “decriminalize” something did not result in an eventual push to “legalize” that behavior. This is the endgame of the Democratic Party – to make it so that illegal immigrants are not only free from prosecution but that they are not doing anything wrong in the first place. This is, in other words, a dramatic step towards open borders, and we should not forget that as the idea becomes more and more mainstream in the party.

Which it inevitably will.