During his 1995 State of the Union address, President Bill Clinton received a bi-partisan standing ovation for his tough talk on illegal immigration. He opposed it. In fact, he said:
“…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 2006, President George W. Bush said “We’re a nation of laws, and we must enforce our laws.” He laid out a five-point plan to reform the immigration system. Chief among the plan was a major investment in border security, including doubling the Border Patrol by the end of 2008 and temporarily deploy 6000 National Guard troops.
The plan also offered what many considered a rational middle ground between granting an automatic path to citizenship for every illegal immigrant and a program of mass deportation. President Bush also ended “catch and release,” the practice of picking up illegal aliens and then releasing them on their own recognizance until their deportation hearing. I know this will surprise most of you but not many illegal aliens showed up for their hearing.
During President Obama’s 2013 State of the Union address he said “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.”
He also talked about “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.”
We all know President Trump opposes illegal immigration and his desire to build a wall to make illegally crossing the border that much harder.
In each case, the party out of power opposed the sitting president’s rhetoric and plans. For those of you keeping score at home that means Republicans oppose strong borders and deportations when Democrats are president and Democrats oppose strong borders and deportations when Republicans are president.
Is it any wonder most Americans do not trust politicians?
Most voters do not change their view on illegal immigration depending on which party is in power. It seems the only ones changing their stance on illegal immigration are the ones trying to get our votes. And, in all cases, the choice is for strong borders and deportations.
It is therefore reasonable to interpret this behavior as a sign that most Americans want strong borders. If that is the case, the politicians should stop wasting our time and do the will of the people.
The sad truth is politicians are not in office to do the will of the people, they are in office to build their empires. With the November elections coming up I suggest we vote out all incumbents and send our own message.