Memo: Border Security Messaging Does Not Benefit Democrats on Immigration

By Alissa Stollwerk and Monika Nayak of YouGov Blue and Sean McElwee of Data for Progress

Conventional wisdom holds that Democratic congressional candidates should adopt a “border security first” approach to immigration in order to win moderates. Here, we test such a “border security first” approach and a “people first” approach. We find that border security message does not benefit Democrats and may hurt them by demobilizing the Democratic base.