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Flashback: Democrats Talked Tough On Immigration

- January 25, 2018

In President Bill Clinton’s 1995 State Of The Union Address, Clinton Received A Bipartisan Standing Ovation For His Tough Rhetoric On Illegal Immigration

 

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PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON: “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.” (Bill Clinton, Remarks At State Of The Union, Washington, D.C., 1/24/95)

In President Barack Obama’s 2013 State Of The Union Address, Obama Called For Putting Illegals “Behind The Folks Trying To Come Here Legally”

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PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: “Real reform means strong border security, and we can build on the progress my administration has already made -- putting more boots on the Southern border than at any time in our history and reducing illegal crossings to their lowest levels in 40 years.

Real reform means establishing a responsible pathway to earned citizenship -- a path that includes passing a background check, paying taxes and a meaningful penalty, learning English, and going to the back of the line behind the folks trying to come here legally.

And real reform means fixing the legal immigration system to cut waiting periods and attract the highly-skilled entrepreneurs and engineers that will help create jobs and grow our economy.” (President Barack Obama, Remarks At State Of The Union, Washington, D.C., 2/12/13)

Other Democratic Leaders, Such As Senator Chuck Schumer, Senator Dianne Feinstein, And Even Leader Pelosi Have Echoed Similar Tough Rhetoric

In 1994, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) Ran A Political Ad Showing Illegals Crossing The Border, Promising To Get Tougher On Illegal Immigration With More “Agents, Fencing, Lighting, And Other Equipment.” “It opens with a statement: ‘While Congressman Huffington voted against new border guards, Dianne Feinstein led the fight to stop illegal immigration.’ A picture of presumably illegal immigrants streaming over the border appears on the screen while Feinstein's voice is heard explaining that 3,000 illegal immigrants try to cross the border many nights. Feinstein adds that she has only been in the Senate a short time, but has worked hard to secure the border with more agents, fencing, lighting and other equipment. It closes with the senator saying to the camera: ‘I'm Dianne Feinstein and I've just begun to fight for California.’” (“Feinstein’s TV Attack On Immigration,” Los Angeles Times, 7/10/94)

In 2009, During A Speech At Georgetown Law, Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) Stated That “The American People Are Fundamentally Pro-Legal Immigration And Anti-Illegal Immigration.” SENATOR CHUCK SCHUMER (D-NY): “The American people are fundamentally pro-legal immigration and anti-illegal immigration. We will only pass comprehensive reform when we recognize this fundamental concept.” (Senator Chuck Schumer, Speech At The Immigration Law & Policy Conference At Georgetown Law , Washington, D.C., 06/24/09)

  • Schumer Went On To Call Illegal Immigration “Wrong” And Added That A Primary Goal Of Immigration Reform “Must Be To Drastically Curtail Future Illegal Immigration.” SENATOR SCHUMER: “First, illegal immigration is wrong,” Schumer declared, “and a primary goal of comprehensive immigration reform must be to dramatically curtail future illegal immigration.” (Senator Chuck Schumer, Speech At The Immigration Law & Policy Conference At Georgetown Law , Washington, D.C., 06/24/09)

In 2013, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) Urged The House To Support A Bill That Upheld The “Basic Principle” Of “Secur[ing] Our Borders.” “The bipartisan taskforce of seven has been hard at work on legislation that echoes the spirit of the Senate bill and upholds our basic principles: to secure our borders, protect our workers, unite families, and offer an earned pathway to citizenship.” (Press Release, “Pelosi: Senate Action Moves Us One Step Closer To Comprehensive Immigration Reform,” Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi , 6/27/13)

In 2013, Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) Said She Supported The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act Because “It Drastically Strengthens Border Security.” “I supported this solution because it dramatically strengthens border security, punishes employers who hire undocumented immigrants, and includes stiff consequences for those who came here illegally-while ensuring they start paying into the system.” (Press Release, “McCaskill On Immigration Bill: America ‘One Vote Away From Fixing A Badly Broken System,’” Senator Claire McCaskill , 6/27/13)

In 2013, Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) Stated He Only Supported The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act “Only After The Senate Agreed On An Amendment To Significantly Strengthen Border Security.” “Senator Manchin’s support of this bill came only after the Senate agreed on an amendment to significantly strengthen border security.” (Press Release, “Manchin Announces Support For Immigration Legislation That Secures Our Borders,” Senator Joe Manchin , 6/27/13)

  • Manchin Praised The Bill For Adding 700 Miles Of Fencing And Doubling The Number Of Border Patrol Agents. “This bill, first and foremost, secures our borders by adding 700 miles of fencing, doubles the number of border patrol agents by 20,000, and makes sure that dangerous criminals who entered this country illegally are deported first.” (Press Release, “Manchin Announces Support For Immigration Legislation That Secures Our Borders,” Senator Joe Manchin , 6/27/13)

In 2006, Senator Obama Said “Better Fences And Better Security Along Our Borders” Would “Help Stem Some Of The Tide Of Illegal Immigration In This Country.” “ ‘The bill before us will certainly do some good,’ Obama said on the Senate floor in October 2006. He praised the legislation, saying it would provide ‘better fences and better security along our borders’ and would ‘help stem some of the tide of illegal immigration in this country.’” (Annie Linksey, “In 2006, Democrats Were Saying ‘Build That Fence!’” Boston Globe , 1/27/17)

In 2015, Senator Clinton Bragged That She “Voted Numerous Times” To Spend Money To Build A Barrier, Adding That “You Do Have To Control Your Borders.” “‘I voted numerous times when I was a senator to spend money to build a barrier to try to prevent illegal immigrants from coming in,’ Clinton said at November 2015 town hall in New Hampshire, ‘and I do think that you have to control your borders.’” (Annie Linksey, “In 2006, Democrats Were Saying ‘Build That Fence!’” Boston Globe , 1/27/17)

In 2013, All 54 Democrats Voted To Pass The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, And Immigration Modernization Act. (S. 744, Roll Call Vote #168 : Passed 68-32: R 14-32; D 52-0; I 1-0, 6/27/13)

  • The Bill Required The Completion “700 Miles Of Pedestrian Fencing Along The Border.” “ Completing 700 miles of pedestrian fencing along the border, which would require approximately 350 new miles of fencing.” (“Immigration Bill Summary,” The Associated Press , 6/28/13)
  • The Bill Allocated Approximately $46 Billion On Border Security Improvements. “Border security spending in the bill totals around $46 billion.” (“Immigration Bill Summary,” The Associated Press , 6/28/13)
  • The Bill Calls For “Doubling The Number Of Border Patrol Agents Stationed Along The U.S.-Mexico Border.” “ Roughly doubling the number of Border Patrol agents stationed along the U.S.-Mexico border, to at least 38,405.” (“Immigration Bill Summary,” The Associated Press , 6/28/13)

The Boston Globe Headline: “In 2006, Democrats Were Saying ‘Build That Fence!’” (Annie Linksey, “In 2006, Democrats Were Saying ‘Build That Fence!’” The Boston Globe , 1/27/17)

  • Previously, “Democrats Were More Than Willing To Offer Big Sums Of Taxpayer Money To Keep Mexicans And Other Latino Immigrants Out Of The United States.” “The episode shows how concerns over border security occupied Washington well before Trump made it the centerpiece of his candidacy, and that Democrats were more than willing to offer big sums of taxpayer money to keep Mexicans and other Latino immigrants out of the United States.” (Annie Linksey, “In 2006, Democrats Were Saying ‘Build That Fence!’” The Boston Globe , 1/27/17)
  • 26 Democrats Voted In Favor Of The Secure Fence Act Of 2006. (H.R. 6061, Roll Call Vote #262: Adopted 80-19; R 54-1, D 26-17, I 0-1, 9/26/06)

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