Nick Givas on July 13, 2018
“Republicans have the chance to secure a major victory and expand their 51-49 majority in the U.S. Senate in the November midterm elections — largely because Democrats are advocating radical, impractical and unpopular immigration positions,” Gingrich wrote in a Friday Fox News op-ed.
Gingrich said Democrats are advocating for unpopular positions like sanctuary cities, abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement and open borders. He also cited a Harvard-Harris Poll from June that surveyed 1,448 voters — showing the majority of Americans disagree with Democrats when it comes to their immigration platform.
“The results are clear,” Gingrich wrote. “64 percent of registered voters said people who cross the border illegally should be sent back to their home countries. Only 36 percent said they should be allowed to stay. This result doesn’t significantly change when children are involved (61 percent to 39 percent).”
Another 61 percent said America’s border security is inadequate — while 70 percent want the federal government to enforce immigration laws. Eighty-four percent want sanctuary cities to end, according to the Harvard-Harris poll.
“These numbers show how radical and out of sync the central planks of Democratic immigration platform truly are,” the former speaker continued. “The elite media is so biased that it is artificially propping up an increasingly radical Democratic Party, while artificially suppressing the issue popularity of the Trump team.”
Gingrich suggested the GOP ignore the liberal media and hammer the issue of immigration on the campaign trail, while highlighting the criminal activity of illegal immigrants.
He also called the movement to abolish ICE “loony” and said Republicans should stress the agency’s importance in combating the opioid epidemic and their war against major drug cartels.
“These are winning positions,” Gingrich concluded. “The Democrats cannot win on these issues if Republicans have the courage to ignore the elite media and focus on the American people.”