In just two short years, Joe Biden’s Administration has opened up our border, undermined our sovereignty, and substantially altered the demographics of the country. But following the first midterm election of his administration, Joe Biden and his party generally avoided the wrath of the electorate.
According to the Federation for American Immigration Reform, around 5.5 million illegal aliens have entered the United States since Biden assumed office in January 2021. A record number of Americans have died as a consequence of fentanyl overdoses, which are now the top cause of mortality among young Americans. It has resulted in an unprecedented number of suspected terrorists crossing our border, putting our national security at risk. It has established a benchmark for the amount of migrants who have died while making the perilous journey from Latin America to the southern border. Despite all of this preventable bloodshed, immigration was not a top concern in the 2022 midterm elections.
Various studies have been conducted to determine how Americans prioritize immigration. According to a Zogby study commissioned by FAIR, half of respondents nationally see border security and illegal immigration as the top immigration issues facing the incoming Congress.
According to a CNN exit poll, only 10% of American voters ranked immigration as the most important issue. Abortion, crime, inflation, and gun legislation were ranked higher by voters than immigration. Even in regions where the fentanyl epidemic has been particularly severe, Biden-endorsed politicians were elected at all levels of government. Other politicians, such as J.D. Vance in Ohio, who made combating the fentanyl issue a centerpiece of his campaign, were victorious.
While it’s impossible to know for certain until all of the findings are in, it appears that candidates throughout the country failed to link the border issue to the spike in fentanyl deaths and drug overdoses among young Americans. This omission explains why immigration wasn’t a greater priority for voters in this election. While Americans are subjected to the consequences of inflation every time they go shopping, candidates were unable to adequately explain how the immigration situation affects Americans’ daily life.
This is not to say that immigration had no influence on the midterm elections, nor is it to say that the election was a total disaster for supporters of a more sensible immigration system. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, for example, was re-elected by about 20 points just months after flying illegal aliens out to Martha’s Vineyard in defiance of the White House’s immigration policies. While the corporate media erupted over DeSantis’ methods, people in Florida backed him and rewarded him with a historic win on election night.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott, who also made similar headlines by sending illegal immigrants to left-wing communities, was likewise re-elected by a larger-than-expected double-digit margin. For months, the press vilified DeSantis and Abbott, but people admired the governors’ firm stance against the Biden administration’s attack on their sovereignty. This was evident across the country. Swing-state voters rewarded politicians who reacted firmly to Biden’s border issue, while punished those who adopted a more passive approach.
Hispanic voters continued to lean toward the Republican Party, particularly in Texas and Florida. While the economy undoubtedly played a role, polls show that Hispanic voters choose politicians who oppose Biden’s border policies, which have resulted in a degradation in the quality of life for many of these voters.
This misinterpretation of the election results will only exacerbate human misery on both sides of the border. Unless and until American citizens prioritize immigration, this will be the new normal.