Although Democratic presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. espouses far-left views on issues like climate change, he has attracted some conservative support due to his moderate or even right-leaning opinions on certain other hot-button topics.
Last week, he became the latest prominent Democrat to take on the Biden administration’s failed immigration policy by echoing the concerns of many within the GOP.
Kennedy penned an op-ed in Newsweek that called the president out for his “refusal to secure our southern border,” which he said has “created impossible burdens” for local leaders across the nation.
Noting that so-called sanctuary jurisdictions were initially created “to protect immigrants from [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] raids,” he wrote that the influx of undocumented migrants to these cities has become too much to handle.
The piece went on to assert Kennedy’s support for legal immigration while assailing those who “have appealed to xenophobia and bigotry in calling for a tough border policy.”
He said that his motivation for championing strong immigration law enforcement “comes from compassion and humanitarian conscience.”
The long-shot Biden challenger laid out a brief overview of what his immigration policy would look like if he is elected.
“As president, I will secure the border to get the cartels out of the human trafficking business,” Kennedy wrote. “Second, I will work with other countries to stem the tide of migrants. Finally, I will build wide doors for those who wish to enter legally, so that the U.S. can remain a beacon of freedom and diversity. This includes funding the administrative infrastructure for lawful, orderly immigration to this country.”
Good editorial by RFK Jr.
"I call upon all Americans, of every party and political persuasion, to face facts. President Biden's loose border policy has been a disaster. Under Biden, it's easier for migrants to enter illegally than legally."https://t.co/nrQskdoJLx
— Geoffrey M. Young (@GeoffYoung4KY) September 24, 2023
Other Democrats, including New York Mayor Eric Adams, have criticized the Biden administration’s border policies in recent months as an unchecked influx of migrants continues to decimate the resources of communities nationwide.
“President Biden’s coming to the city,” Adams said last week. “I am hoping that he understands this beautiful city that’s the economic engine of the entire country is being saddled with $2 billion that we spent already, $5 billion we’re going to spend in this fiscal crisis, $12 billion in the next two budgetary cycles. New York doesn’t deserve this. The asylum seekers don’t deserve this.”