Democratic presidential candidate and Senator Kamala Harris (D., Calif.) campaigns in San Francisco, Calif., June 1, 2019. (Stephen Lam/Reuters)The California senator’s new immigration plan is a statement of her intent to govern through egregiously unconstitutional executive action.
I’m going to let you in on a secret about the 2020 presidential contest: Unless unforeseen circumstances lead to a true wave election, the legislative stakes will be extremely low. The odds are heavily stacked against Democrats’ retaking the Senate, and that means that even if a Democrat wins the White House, there will be no Medicare for All, no free college, and no “democratic socialism.” Democratic candidates are racing to the legislative left for the sake of programs they’ll never implement and legislation they’ll never pass. The promises they use to fire up the progressive base (and inflame red America) are promises they simply cannot keep.
Kamala Harris is smart enough to understand this fact, so she’s switched tactics. Why run for president when you can run for queen? That’s the upshot of the comprehensive immigration plan she released yesterday. Through executive action alone, it promises to create a roadmap to citizenship for millions of “Dreamers,” illegal