Giving the People What They Want

Even if those people are not actually even able to legally vote for you.

Former MD Governor Martin O’Malley has heard the demands of illegal immigrants, and hopes they help him find a way to put him into the Oval Office.

If you want to know what pro-immigrant voters are looking for in a presidential candidate, read former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley’s 8-page immigration plan. It reads a laundry list of immigrant activist demands, and goes far beyond the comparatively timid pledges of O’Malley’s democratic primary rivals, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt) and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Healthcare for undocumented immigrants, an overhaul of the U.S. Border Patrol, enshrining sanctuary cities, erasure of punitive immigration laws, and an end to Obama’s Priority Enforcement Program.

That advocacy has won O’Malley the praise of leading voices in the Latino community, including Hispanic Chamber of Commerce CEO Javier Palomarez, who sounded off on the immigration to to MSNBC’s Chris Hayes on Thursday.

Just because you take down a list of demands from a group and put them, verbatim, into a policy proposal, does not mean that you are good at making policy. It means you are good at pandering.

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