Here’s something to keep in mind this week when Trump delivers his first state of the union address. While Democrats are already freaking out over what he might say about illegal immigration, they gave a standing ovation to Bill Clinton in 1995 for his hard line stance on the issue.
Here’s what Clinton said, via the Washington Examiner:
All Americans, not only in the states most heavily affected but in every place in this country, are rightly disturbed by the large numbers of illegal aliens entering our country. The jobs they hold might otherwise be held by citizens or legal immigrants. The public service they use impose burdens on our taxpayers. That’s why 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.
In the budget I will present to you, we will try to do more to speed the deportation of illegal aliens who are arrested for crimes, to better identify illegal aliens in the workplace… We are a nation of immigrants. But we are also a nation of laws. It is wrong and ultimately self-defeating for a nation of immigrants to permit the kind of abuse of our immigration laws we have seen in recent years, and we must do more to stop it.
Here’s the video:
Why were these ideas worthy of applause from Democrats then but not now?