Critics accuse Democrats of changing their stance on immigration

Visitors tour the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019, as a partial government shutdown stretches into its third week. A high-stakes move to reopen the government will be the first big battle between Nancy Pelosi and President Donald Trump as Democrats come into control of the House. The new Democratic House majority gavels into session this week with legislation to end the government shutdown. Pelosi and Trump both think they have public sentiment on their side in the battle over Trump's promised U.S.-Mexico border wall. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

WASHINGTON (SBG) - In 2009 Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said this at a speech sponsored by the Migration Policy Institute: “Illegal immigration is wrong plain and simple.”

But plain and simple, it may not be.

Also during his speech Schumer said this:

"People who enter the United States without our permission are illegal aliens and illegal aliens should not be treated the same as people who enter the us legally."

Critics say he’s since changed his stance. His office did not respond to a request for comment on this story, but other Democrats have said there are good reasons for the changes in tune and tone on a border barrier

Sen Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, voted in favor of the Secure Fences Act in 2006 and said there are plenty of reasons he is against the wall.

"The technology today is so different today from a dozen years ago from a dozen or so years ago where we know how to protect the border," he said, adding the Great Wall of China also didn't have the technology we have now.

He and other Democrats are making the the case it’s actually President Trump who has flip-flopped from his earlier position that Mexico would pay for the wall.

Political analysts say they expect both sides to dig in deeper, for one main reason.

"It’s not really 2019 it’s 2020. The President is running. He’s trying to secure the base that put him in office," said Steve Billet, Legislative Affairs Program Director and Associate professor at George Washington University's Graduate School of Political management.

Billet called immigration a significant issue, both for the human consequences and the political ones.

"I can’t imagine that all of those new democrats want their first vote to be one where they caved to the President on border security," he said.

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