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Is immigration another issue where Democrats think they have a winning issue but they really have a losing issue? Apparently, Democrats are certain it’s a winning issue. If I had a $100 bill for each time Democrats thought they had a winning issue, I’d be a 1-percenter. If I had to pay Democrats $250 each time they were certain they had a winning issue and they were right, I’d still be a 1-percenter.

The simple truth is that the Democrats’ political instincts are pretty worthless. Right now, Democrats think they’re riding a winning issue with immigration thanks to the drowning of the father and daughter, the DHS IG report and also the Facebook outrage. Once the truth about these issues comes out, they’ll be losing issues for Democrats.

Last week, Democrats passed a supplemental appropriations bill to pay DHS workers back pay and restock the shelves at the detention centers at the border. The DHS IG report characterized conditions at these facilities as being harsh. That’s a fair assessment. What that IG report didn’t do, though, is affix blame for why the conditions are terrible.

Rep. Dan Crenshaw is doing a fantastic job explaining what’s happening and what’s happened with his videos. This video explains things beautifully:

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, (D-NY), issued a 4-point plan to address the crisis. The plan starts with:

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Wednesday released a plan to address the increasing numbers of migrants crossing the southern border, calling among other things for decriminalizing illegal border crossings.

That’s part of AOC’s solution? Seriously? Right. Let’s solve the problem by giving illegal aliens a greater incentive to cross the border illegally. Telling illegal aliens that they’ll get to stay if they pay a light fine is putting up a big green light at the northern end of Guatemala and another green light at the US-Mexico border. In other words, that part of AOC’s ‘plan’ will make things worse, not better.

Secondly, the progressive congresswoman tied in her signature issue, climate change, saying that the refugee crisis is partly due to natural disasters.

What’s frightening is that this stupidity passes as serious policymaking with Democrats. The problem started this winter when Nancy Pelosi’s solution to the government shutdown was to give illegal aliens the right to stay if they came with a child. It didn’t have to be their child. It just had to be a child. Prior to that, most people caught illegally entering were from Mexico and male. Today, 60% of apprehensions are families from the Northern Triangle.

Here’s the third point of AOC’s ‘plan’:

Third, Ocasio-Cortez called for repealing the laws criminalizing crossing into the U.S. without proper documentation, saying the Trump administration is using the statutes to “mindlessly throw people in cages.”

Why doesn’t AOC understand that rewriting the law will cause more illegal aliens to come across the border, not less? Apparently, AOC thinks that letting illegal aliens pay minimal fines will slow illegal alien traffic. Jeh Johnson, President Obama’s final secretary of DHS, thinks otherwise:

Jeh Johnson, former DHS secretary in Barack Obama’s administration, called presidential candidate Julian Castro’s proposal to decriminalize illegal border crossing essentially advocacy for “open borders.”

“That is tantamount to declaring publicly that we have open borders,” Johnson told the Washington Post. “That is unworkable, unwise and does not have the support of a majority of American people or the Congress, and if we had such a policy, instead of 100,000 apprehensions a month, it will be multiples of that.”

Stupidity of that magnitude should earn her a termination notice, not a re-election certificate of re-election. Finally, there’s this:

Finally, the congresswoman proposed “large-scale public investment to spur job creation for citizens & immigrants alike.” She mentioned climate change again, expressing her hope that the “investment transitions us to a sustainable economy (climate & income-wise).”

We’ve seen before how AOC drives the debate amongst Democrats. There’s little doubt in my mind that Democrats will adopt AOC’s initiative. That sounds like a loser for Democrats.