A nation of immigrants, laws

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 services they use impose burdens 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 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 this kind of abuse of our immigration law we have seen and we must do more to stop it.”

The above text comes from then-President Bill Clinton’s 1995 State of the Union Address and not president Donald Trump’s 2018 version.

This was the official Democratic Party’s policy on illegal immigration during the mid-1990s.

Silvestre Moreno Jr. Mercedes