Democrat Candidates Distancing Themselves From Calls To Defund Border Security

As the midterm elections draw closer, candidates on both sides of the aisle are emphasizing the fundamental differences between themselves and their opponents.

In a number of tight congressional races, Republicans are shedding light on their Democratic rivals’ track record related to immigration. At least four of those Democrats might find it difficult to shed the extreme positions they endorsed as recently as a year ago.

According to a letter signed by hundreds of Democratic leaders — including four candidates running in this year’s midterms — in September 2021, pleaded with the Biden administration to “divest from immigration enforcement agencies,” including Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The far-left proposal further called on the White House to “prioritize the inclusion of a clean pathway to citizenship” for a range of undocumented immigrants currently living in the United States and their families.

Among those who signed the letter are two Democratic candidates in Colorado — state Sen. Brittany Petterson and state Rep. Yadira Caraveo — who are both seeking seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Republicans in that state have attempted to alert voters to the radical position of these candidates. Colorado Republican Party Executive Director Joe Jackson, for example, released a scathing statement taking aim at Caraveo’s stance.

“The fact that Yadira Caraveo supports abolishing ICE proves that she is an extremist more interested in promoting a far-left agenda than in keeping citizens of the Eighth Congressional District safe,” he wrote.

Tying the candidate’s position to the record of the current administration, Jackson asserted that open-borders policies “have brought dangerous drugs to our state and have created a devastating humanitarian and security crisis on our southern border.”

The letter was also signed by North Carolina State Sen. Wiley Nickel, a Democrat who wants to represent his state on Capitol Hill. Finally, former Las Cruces, New Mexico, city councilman Gabe Vasquez, a Democratic congressional candidate in his state, added his name to the letter.

All four of the candidates seem to have put some distance between their current campaigns and their previous stance for defunding border security agencies. For their part, Caraveo, Nickel, and Petterson reportedly have no mention of the topic on their respective campaign websites.

Vasquez has addressed border security from a more centrist position on the campaign trail, advocating for “comprehensive immigration reform” that will ensure “we have a safe and secure border.”

According to a recent Reuters/Ipsos poll, GOP candidates have a clear edge over Democrats when it comes to handling issues, including immigration and crime.