I’m going to make this short because I’m going to sleep in a few minutes, but it’s just occurred to me that the most surefire way for the Democrats to win elections in the next few years is to use immigration as a wedge issue. A solid majority of Americans supports a guest worker program; an even larger one supports giving illegal immigrants a path to citizenship. Meanwhile, the Republican base is firmly anti-immigrant, which will conveniently cause a schism in the party.
Now, a large majority of Americans also wants stronger border control, a complete waste of money that will reduce the number of illegal immigrants by the unique integer that’s divisible by every positive integer.
Fortunately, center-shifting around that is fairly easy. Students who take intro to pol sci learn about a few basic results of political research: a single-member district plurality electoral system promotes a two-party system, democracies are less likely to fight one another than non-democracies, voter turnout increases with the level of the race (local, regional, national, etc.), and border patrols increase the level of illegal immigration.
American conservatives have shifted the center to the right over the last 30 years largely via think-tanks. On this issue, the left doesn’t need think-tanks, when “It’s in every pol sci textbook” will do.