The third Democratic debate took place in Manchester, New Hampshire this past Saturday night and primarily focused on the economy, healthcare and national security. This gave the three Democratic presidential candidates a huge opportunity to talk about immigration reform, an opportunity that all three candidates missed.
Here are some of the top tweets from both the NumbersUSA account and our President and Founder Roy Beck’s twitter account about what was missing from the debate.
#DemDebate misses the important immigration component of San Bernardino attack: K1 visa vetting process did not keep US safe— NumbersUSA (@NumbersUSA) December 20, 2015
No debate on comprehensive immigration reform (AKA immigration increases) in tonight's #DemDebate— NumbersUSA (@NumbersUSA) December 20, 2015
On health care debate: Nearly all the growth in the uninsured over last 20 yrs was through poor people brought to the country by immig.— Roy Beck (@RoyBeck_NUSA) December 20, 2015
During the national security segment the topic turned to the Syrian refugee crisis, where all three candidates showed their support for bringing in more refugees despite security concerns.
Candidates disagree with majority of voters. WSJ Poll: 56% of Americans think the US should take in fewer refugees or none #DemDebate— NumbersUSA (@NumbersUSA) December 20, 2015
O'Malley gets most tepid applause so far calling for 65K+ Syrian refugees. NH Dems in audience may prefer their own guv on subject.— Roy Beck (@RoyBeck_NUSA) December 20, 2015
Hillary says resettling refugees is American value but why isn't providing safety to more refugees in their home region a higher value?— Roy Beck (@RoyBeck_NUSA) December 20, 2015
For Hillary, why is expensive resettlement of refugees (vs. helping in region) bigger U.S. value than assuring safety of U.S. citizens.— Roy Beck (@RoyBeck_NUSA) December 20, 2015
All three candidates also claimed that they wanted to see more job opportunities and higher wages for the most vulnerable Americans. Yet, they did not discuss how increased foreign workers have hurt these Americans the most. None of the moderators or candidates brought up how the omnibus spending bill that was passed last week will quadruple the number of H-2B visas available for low-skilled foreign guest workers.
Hillary wants incomes up. History shows nothing raises incomes of EVERYBODY better than tight labor market -not possible with mass imm.— Roy Beck (@RoyBeck_NUSA) December 20, 2015
Sanders says economy is rigged against regular workers -one of biggest is Congress bringing in 1 million immigs/yr. He voted for that "rig."— Roy Beck (@RoyBeck_NUSA) December 20, 2015
ASHLEY CRAIG is the Digital Content Manager for NumbersUSA
Updated: Fri, Feb 19th 2016 @ 10:18am EST