Buttigieg: ‘I Wouldn’t Put It Past’ Trump to Cause Illegal Immigration Surge

CHARLESTON, SC - JUNE 15: Democratic presidential candidate South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg participates in the Black Economic Alliance Forum at the Charleston Music Hall on June 15, 2019 in Charleston, South Carolina. The Black Economic Alliance, is a nonpartisan group founded by Black executives and business leaders, and is …
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South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, running for the Democrat presidential nomination, claims President Trump is purposefully causing a surge of illegal immigration at the United States-Mexico border to “benefit politically.”

In an interview with Axios on HBO, Buttigieg said he “wouldn’t put it past” Trump to cause a surge of illegal immigration at the southern border to use the issue in the 2020 presidential election, a conspiracy touted by a number of Democrat lawmakers.

Buttigieg said:

From the near-term part, which is horrible policies like family separation and also kind of thoughtlessly using U.S. troops as props on the border, to the big picture, which is that this would not be such a problem, if we had stability in Central American countries. And it turns out that immigration is more useful to this president as a crisis unsolved than it would be as an achievement if he actually fixed it. We could fix it. I mean there’s enough of a consensus among the American people and even in Washington about the terms of bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform and yet they still can’t deliver because the president needs this to be a problem for his domestic political purposes. [Emphasis added]

The president needs this crisis to get worse, even though it makes a liar out of him. I don’t think he’s worried about that. He’s worried about the ability to— [Emphasis added]

I don’t think he cares if it gets better, but he certainly doesn’t benefit from comprehensively fixing the problem. And I wouldn’t put it past him to allow it to become worse in order to have it be a more divisive issue, so that he could benefit politically. [Emphasis added]

Buttigieg said he would only consider securing the U.S.-Mexico border from mass illegal immigration if amnesty for all 11 to 22 million illegal aliens living in the country were also considered.

“Look, it’s worth having a conversation about border security in the context of comprehensive immigration reform, but President Trump is wrong in his approach on this issue, at every point,” Buttigieg said.

Like all the Democrat front-runners in the presidential primary, Buttigieg supports amnesty for all illegal aliens living in the U.S. — a plan that would be a boon to the big business lobby and corporate executives who could drive down American wages thanks to the newly legalized foreign labor pool.

In South Bend, Buttigieg worked with an open borders organization to gift illegal aliens a special ID card. The IDs are given out by the local open borders group to ensure that federal immigration officials do not have access to the illegal aliens’ information and, thus, are unable to arrest and deport them.

Trump, on the other hand, has sought to increase interior enforcement of immigration to increase job opportunities and wages for America’s working and middle classes, which have been forced to compete against cheaper, illegal foreign workers.

John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter at @JxhnBinder.  

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