Hillary Clinton and the liberal establishment has insisted Donald Trump is “bigot” and “racist” for his position on the border, which summarized looks like this (as of today):
- We’re a nation of laws and need to act like it.
- Legal immigration is great, illegal immigration is bad.
- The border needs to be shut down.
- If you came here illegally, you won’t be given citizenship, but …
- We won’t deport you, either. We will find a way to legalize you instead, unless you’ve broken other laws, then you’re out.
Yes, I know Trump’s policy position on the border could change the next time the wind blows, and yes, it’s true that some of his rhetoric has been insensitive at times (other things he’s said have been taken way out of context and blown out of proportion).
No matter what you think of Trump, however, and remember, I’m not a big supporter by any stretch of the imagination, it’s completely unfair to say supporting border security equals racism, and that seems to be the platform of the Democratic Party today.
The key word there is “today.” Below is then-President Bill Clinton’s 1996 State of the Union Address. Beginning at the 55:40 mark, he speaks a little bit about illegal immigration, and what he says is quite remarkable. Border security? “Nation of laws?” Illegal immigration is bad and legal immigration is good? Illegal immigrants stealing jobs? Is this guy a Republican or something?
The video has been made publicly available by the Clinton Presidential Library and was captured by White House Television.
Here’s the relevant part of his speech in text form:
As we move into the era of balanced budgets and smaller Government, we must work in new ways to enable people to make the most of their own lives. We are helping America’s communities, not with more bureaucracy but with more opportunities. Through our successful empowerment zones and community development banks, we’re helping people to find jobs, to start businesses. And with tax incentives for companies that clean up abandoned industrial property, we can bring jobs back to places that desperately, desperately need them.
But there are some areas that the Federal Government should not leave and should address and address strongly. One of these areas is the problem of illegal immigration. After years of neglect, this administration has taken a strong stand to stiffen the protection of our borders. We are increasing border controls by 50 percent. We are increasing inspections to prevent the hiring of illegal immigrants. And tonight I announce I will sign an Executive order to deny Federal contracts to businesses that hire illegal immigrants.
Let me be very clear about this: We are still a nation of immigrants; we should be proud of it. We should honor every legal immigrant here, working hard to be a good citizen, working hard to become a new citizen. But we are also a nation of laws.
The full speech is available by clicking here.