FILE – A National Guardsman stands guard at a fence that runs along the Rio Grande near the International bridge in Del Rio, Texas, Sept. 17, 2021. A year into the Joe Bidens presidency, though, action on the immigration system has been hard to find and there is growing consternation privately among some in the party that the Biden administration cant find the right balance on immigration. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
WASHINGTON – Democrats wielded demands to fix the nation’s broken immigration system as a cudgel against Republicans in the 2020 campaign. Elect us, went the argument, and we’ll stop the cruel treatment of migrants at the border, and put in place lasting and humane policies that work.