New Freedom Center Booklet Reveals the Left’s Strategy of Fomenting Border Chaos

The truth behind the Democrats’ deliberate strategy of “Crashing the Border.”

A vital new booklet published by the David Horowitz Freedom Center reveals the alarming truth about the crisis engulfing America’s southern border.

In “Crashing the Border: The Left’s Manufactured Crisis,” editor John Perazzo examines the deliberate strategy employed by Democratic politicians and leftist activists to stress and overwhelm our border security apparatus to its breaking point, and then use the resulting breakdown as a pretext to enact policies that will radically transform America’s political landscape.

“We tend to accept this tsunami of illegal immigration as a fact of modern life, part of the inevitable and inexorable movement of populations away from poverty and toward promise,” writes Perazzo. “But this is a fiction. In fact, this problem is the product of a concerted effort by which Democratic legislators and their ideological allies have sought to overwhelm and undermine the nation’s border-security and immigration system by importing millions of people who, along with their children and grandchildren, will become reliable Democrat voters for decades to come.”

As Perazzo’s careful research reveals, this strategy has a name and a long pedigree among leftist agitators. “The Cloward-Piven Strategy”—named for former Columbia University sociologists and Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) leaders Richard Cloward and his wife, Frances Fox Piven—posits that activists can effect radical change by “crashing the system.” Their theory—which echoes their ideological ally and intellectual godfather Saul Alinsky—encourages the orchestration of various crises designed to push society into economic turmoil and panic. Confronted by an escalating crisis, Cloward and Piven believed, the masses would more easily accept explicitly socialist government interventions.

And there is little doubt that the massive stream of humanity currently breaching our southern border is swiftly approaching a breaking point. As of May 2019, an average of over 4,500 people per day were crossing our border illegally or arriving at ports of entry without documents. In May of 2017, that number was less than 700 a day.

“Every day, Customs and Border Protection agents encounter thousands of illegal immigrants trying to enter our country. We are out of space to hold them, and we have no way to promptly return them back home to their country,” said President Donald Trump in an Oval Office address last January. And yet Democratic officials continue to accuse the Trump administration of “manufacturing a crisis” and call the administration’s efforts to deter migrants from entering the United States “cruel and counterproductive.” Meanwhile, the announced candidates for the Democratic nomination for president have almost universally declared their support for the “decriminalization” of illegal border crossings and expanding healthcare coverage to illegal immigrants—measures that will greatly exacerbate America’s immigration catastrophe.

“The Democrats’ ultimate objective is a simple one,” writes Perazzo. “To import a massive bloc of new voters who will support their party in overwhelming numbers for generations to come, thereby changing forever the economic and cultural values of American society.”

 “Crashing the Border: The Left’s Manufactured Crisis” can be ordered at bookstore.

The David Horowitz Freedom Center, founded in 1988, is a not-for-profit organization located in Sherman Oaks, California. The Center’s mission is to defend free societies like America and Israel, which are under attack by totalitarians both religious and secular, domestic and foreign.

For Immediate Release
David Horowitz Freedom Center
Contact: Elizabeth Ruiz
818-849-3470, ext. 202


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