Even before he was elected president, Donald Trump was criticized for his views on immigration by the left. And since being elected those criticisms have not gotten any quieter. However, this idea that President Trump is the first president to support these policies on immigration is just crazy. As a matter of fact, secure borders and illegal immigration laws like the ones President Trump has put forward were supported by many democrats just a few years ago. The only thing that seems to have changed is who puts forward the policies.
In fact, just to prove a point, here’s a few times former president Barack Obama leaned closer to Trump on immigration than most on the left would like to believe:
“The bill before us will certainly do some good. It will authorize some badly needed funding for better fences and better security along our borders, and that should help stem some of the tide of illegal immigration in this country… But if we think that putting up a few more miles of fence is by any means the whole answer to our immigration problems, then I believe we are seriously kidding ourselves.” Obama, 2006 regarding the Bush administration’s Secure Fence Bill
You might say “Oh that was 2006! He wasn’t even the president then.” Well, here’s another quote from the former president in 2011 bragging about some of his border security measures:
“We have strengthened border security beyond what many believed was possible. We now have more boots on the ground on the southwest border than at any time in our history. The Border Patrol has 20,000 agents—more than twice as many as there were in 2004, a build-up that began under President Bush and that we have continued.”
Although every president since even before Clinton, the democratic president who actually put up the first border wall between San Diego and Tijuana, when Trump supports border security then it’s somehow racist or xenophobic? This is just ridiculous. Up until Trump wanted secure borders and decreased illegal immigration, the left shared these same views as these quotes show, but because the left will dispute anything that republicans support then they have to quickly change their views in just a few years.
And it isn’t just Obama, here’s a 2015 quote from Hilary Clinton talking about how she is in favor of a physical barrier at the border:
“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. And I do think that you have to control your borders.”
So she’s an evil racist, right? And yet another quote from her husband Bill:
“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.
This truly just shows that the left will fight President Trump and the right on any view they have. The left will just continue to flip-flop on their policies and attack republican ideas even if the left secretly shares these ideas themselves.