Caravan makes it harder for Democrats to play down the immigration issue
The caravan of several thousand Hondurans that's making its way through Mexico to the U.S. border is just the thing for Republicans looking to rile up their base and keep Democrats from winning back the House.The fact that those coming here are waving eh Honduran flag and some are burning the US flag also sharpens Trump's point about their motives. Democrats may be hoping that some future deal will give illegals the vote in some amnesty, but in the meantime, they will benefit from counting them in the census which would add Democrat seats. That is why Democrats are so opposed to asking questions about citizenship on the census.
“It’s manna from heaven,” Sam Nunberg, a former Trump campaign aide, said of the caravan and its timing so close to the Nov. 6 midterm elections. “Donald Trump equals American patriotism and strength, strong military, strong borders, and law and order. This caravan reinforces this.”
Thousands of migrants have been walking from Honduras to the southern border, garnering extensive media coverage and the attention of the president along the way. Trump used the slow-rolling event Monday morning to blame Democrats for the lawlessness seen on the U.S.-Mexico border.
“Every time you see a Caravan, or people illegally coming, or attempting to come, into our Country illegal, think of and blame the Democrats for not giving us the votes to change our pathetic Immigration Laws! Remember the Midterms!” the president tweeted.
The president also alleged during a rally in Montana last week the Democratic Party supports the caravan of migrants because they “figure everybody coming in is going to vote Democrat.”
The caravan, O'Connell said, has given Republicans the “pictures and events needed” to harness the party’s message on immigration.
At rallies he’s hosted to boost support for Republicans facing tough races, the president has continued to deliver his message that Democratic leaders don’t have the guts to tackle immigration.
Immigration, Nunberg said, has become a “threshold issue” synonymous with the president, and one that is playing out during an election that is a “referendum on Trump.”