It’s amazing how many Democrats sounded like President Donald Trump on the issue of illegal immigration years ago. Curiously, Democrats changed their tune shortly after Trump came out hard against illegal immigration. Strange, eh?
Barack Obama’s harsh words about illegal immigration
Among them was none other than former President Barack Obama. As a senator in 2006, Obama made it clear that we must secure our borders. “Those who enter the country illegally and those who employ them disrespect the rule of law, and they are showing disregard for those who are following the law. We simply cannot allow people to pour into the United States undetected, undocumented (and) unchecked, and circumventing the line of people who are waiting patiently, diligently and lawfully to become immigrants in this country” he told a crowd.
It’s hardly surprising, too, as Obama was among those who voted for the Secure Fence Act of 2006, which would have established a wall along the U.S.’s southern border. Joining in him in that vote were Joe Biden, Diane Feinstein, Harry Reid, among others.
Obama isn’t the only Democrat to criticize illegal immigration
During his 1995 State of the Union Address, President Bill Clinton told his constituents to thunderous applause, “Our administration has moved aggressively to secure our borders more by hiring a record number of new border guards, by deporting twice as many criminal aliens as ever before, by cracking down on illegal hiring, by barring welfare benefits to illegal aliens.”
And Harry Reid was no different. Back in the 1990s, he introduced legislation to clarify the scope of the 14th Amendment’s Citizenship Clause in an effort to end birthright citizenship. “No sane country,” Reid argued, would allow for birthright citizenship.
In fact, there’s so much material out there of Democrats echoing Trumpian stances on immigration, that Trump himself trolled them by posting a compilation video of them on his Twitter:
Don’t worry, the Republicans, and your President, will fix it! pic.twitter.com/xsbuPzXbHj
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 20, 2018
Democrats used to support securing the U.S.-Mexico border
While liberals would like to pretend that Republicans have gone extreme, it’s issues like illegal immigration that used to be bipartisan before the left made them ideological. When Fox News polled democrats in 2010, 46 percent supported a border wall (which was about equal to the number of Democrats opposing one). By 2017, that number dropped to eight percent.
Democrats may have gone haywire on the issue of illegal immigration, but independents and Republicans have not. And with a migrant caravan of 7,000+ prospective illegals marching towards the border, that’s not going to play well for them in the coming midterms.