In the past week, Immigration Customs Enforcement has arrested 600 undocumented immigrants. The Trump administration is, understandably, the target of criticism – while liberal politicians (i.e. Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, etc.) present the Democratic Party as a solution to the problem.
But lets play a little game. Who do you think made the following statement?
“All Americans … are rightly disturbed by the large numbers of illegal aliens entering our country. The jobs they hold would otherwise be held by citizens or legal immigrants. The public services 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 illegal aliens as ever seen before, by cracking down on illegal hiring, by barring welfare benefits to illegal aliens. And we will try to do more to speed up the deportation of illegal aliens who commit crimes. 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 abuse of our immigration laws that we have seen in recent years and we must do more to stop it.”
If you think Donald Trump said this … you are wrong. This is an excerpt from the 1995 State of the Union address delivered by President Bill Clinton – a Democrat. The cornerstone of Trump’s platform is the promise to build a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border. However, it is seldom noted that a partial wall already exists – and its construction began during the Clinton administration.
We tend to blame Republicans for anti-immigrant sentiment/action; and run straight into the arms of the Democratic Party for answers. But it is important to keep in mind that President Obama, another Democrat, deported more immigrants than any other president. The Democratic Party has blood on its hands, and cannot heal the injuries it inflicted and, as I argue here, will continue to inflict. Most of Trump’s immigration policies are not new – they are simply the continuation of systems already set in motion by both Republicans and Democrats.
We need to think and build outside this two-party system to end the detention and deportation of so-called “immigrants.”