Trump may be stupid, but he’s outsmarting Democrats on this issue something fierce.
This is a winning issue for the GOP. Poor Americans already suspect that people here illegally–and by that I mean migrating without going through the normal admissions process, awful as that is–are getting access to social benefits that many, if not most, of them don’t. And this is a classic case of that. Public housing is scarce as hell anymore, and anytime a poor worker finds out that illegals are obtaining it in some fashion or another while they languish on endless waiting lists for help is guaranteed to stoke the outrage meter to maximum.
This may be bad policy, but it is far from "breathtakingly cruel’–especially if you consider the zero sum game that is social benefits these days. It’s not less cruel than telling a single disabled man that he has to wait three years for a voucher to a rare unit while he finds out that someone who just recently barged into the country illegally has three hots and a cot in the public housing townhouse two blocks away. That’s pretty darn cruel, too.
I realize that most posters here are middle class liberals, and that you have no idea how bad things are down here. But you wade into this muck at your electoral peril. The more you participate in pitting poor people against poor people. the easier you make it to dispense with customs like asylum, which is going into the toilet because of general immigration issues that are dealt with poorly. And asylum is of critical importance to preserve. But we’re losing it because of liberal support for “undocumented migration” that often comes at a material cost for domestic poor workers who are tired of being ignored. And even more tired of paying for your “feel-good” politics with their bodies and well-being.
This is not the way to deal with immigration as an issue and an even worse way to deal with endemic poverty. Stop choosing sides between the unfortunate. The only people to benefit form this are the corporations who have been bankrolling this issue for years in order to keep wages suppressed and middle/upper class citizens who can get a nice price discount for their bloody housekeeping labor.
You want migrants to get access to social supports? I’m fine with that. With the very big proviso that you provide it to everyone.