The US President had a few things to say about illegal immigration:

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… 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.

In bullet points, then:

  • people who come to the US illegal are not “undocumented” but “illegal aliens”
  • illegal aliens are taking jobs from legal migrants and US citizens
  • illegal aliens are a burden on the US taxpayer
  • illegal aliens are abusing immigration laws

As a result the government has:

  • cracked down on employers using illegal labor
  • barred illegal aliens from welfare benefits
  • sped up deportation of illegal aliens arrested for crimes
  • worked on better identifying illegal alien workers taking US jobs

Who would vote for someone who espouses such views? The answer is ‘a plurality of all Americans in 1992 and 1996, because the President in question, of course, was Bill Clinton, and those words were spoken as part of his 1995 State of the Union address.

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