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Bill Clinton, Immigration Hawk

In the wake of the president’s “bill of love” comment at the televised meeting with members of Congress on DACA and the release of the White House immigration framework to amnesty the DACAs (plus a million more illegals), I’ve joked that the “J” in Donald J. Trump really stands for “Jeb”.

In giving his State of the Union address tonight, I’m hoping the president instead channels his predecessor who came between the Bushes. Specifically, President Clinton’s 1995 SOTU address, given shortly after the GOP took the House majority for the first time in decades and the Barbara Jordan Commission released its report on curbing illegal immigration.

The relevant graf:

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 as recommended by the commission headed by former Congresswoman Barbara Jordan. 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.

Who knew then that there’d come a time when we’d yearn for more Democratic politicians like Bill Clinton?

Mark Krikorian, a nationally recognized expert on immigration issues, has served as Executive Director of the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) since 1995.

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