When I was a kid, a car dealership in my hometown was always advertising a “push, pull, tug, tow” promotion. The gist of it was this: Get your used vehicle to the dealership any way possible, and we’ll give you trade-in credit toward the purchase of another.

Push, pull, tug, tow reminds me of the immigration policy favored by many in the Democratic Party. Get here any way you can, no matter how dangerous the journey, no matter how many of our immigration laws you may break, no matter how many people trying to immigrate legally you leap over, and we’ll give you amnesty and make you a citizen.

In case you haven’t noticed, Democrats are big on amnesty and have little to no interest in border security or improving the flawed system that people who try to come to this nation legally are exposed to.

Any doubts about that were erased when President Trump released his plan for reshaping U.S. immigration policy late last month.

Democrats claim their No. 1 priority these days is finding a solution for the Dreamers, young adults who were brought here illegally as children by their parents. So strongly do the Democrats feel about this issue that they even allowed the government to be shut down for a few days over it last month.

Trump’s immigration plan includes a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers. Not only would it cover the 700,000 Dreamers enrolled in the expiring Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program, but it would also make room for more than double that number, up to 1.8 million, to participate. In other words, any Dreamers in hiding who have been afraid to make themselves officially known up to this point would have incentive to come out and get on the pathway to citizenship.

In return, CNN reports, “The White House would like to see a $25 billion investment in a trust for border infrastructure and technology, as well as more funds for personnel, and an end to family migration beyond spouses and minor children. The diversity visa lottery would also be abolished, with those visas going to work through a backlog of people already waiting for family visas and high-skilled immigration green cards.”

And how have Democrats responded to the president’s proposal? Like crybabies pitching a temper tantrum because they’re not getting everything they want.

Over the course of our country’s years-long debate over immigration, Democrats have done their best to blur the line between legal and illegal immigration while painting those who are critical of the latter as bigots. Judging by their responses to Trump’s proposal, that hasn’t changed any.

According to NPR, Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, D-N.M., the chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, had this to say about the president’s proposal: “The White House is using Dreamers to mask their underlying xenophobic, isolationist and un-American policies, which will harm millions of immigrants living in the United States and millions of others who want to legally immigrate and contribute to our country.”

Then, there is that fount of liberal lunacy known as Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who tweeted, “The Trump Administration’s anti-immigrant framework is an act of staggering cowardice which attempts to hold the #DREAMers hostage to an unmistakable campaign to make America white again.”

Democrats can spin tall tales about race and xenophobia all they want, but the bottom line is you can bet the house they’re going to be against any proposal that includes serious provisions for improving border security and/or limiting amnesty to those here illegally.

That’s because Democrats know that gifting illegals already here with a path to citizenship without doing more to secure the border or taking other steps to repair our broken immigration system will simply encourage more people to come here illegally, which is exactly what many in the Democratic Party want. That’s because they see illegal immigrants as a potential voting block that would be beholden to them -- the rule of law, security concerns and the frustrations of those folks trying to come to this nation legally be damned.

With big government liberal Democrats, it’s always about the power, and that’s a problem from them right now because they have almost none, thanks mainly to staggering election loses in 2010, 2014 and 2016. They are, in case you haven’t noticed, desperate to get it back, and they’ll do almost anything to make that happen. Push, pull, tug, tow.

Lew Gilliland is assistant editor of The Daily Home. Reach him at lgilliland@dailyhome.com.