Bill Clinton: “All Americans rightly disturbed by the large number of illegal aliens entering our country” | Sep 2016

Bill Clinton Was Trump Back In 1995 – On Illegal Immigration

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“All Americans, not just in the states most heavily affected, but in almost every state in this country, are rightly disturbed by the large number of illegal aliens entering our country. The jobs they hold might otherwise be held by citizens or legal immigrants. The public services they use are imposing burdens on our taxpayers.

That’s why our administration has moved agressively to secure our borders and by hiring a record number of new border agents… deporting twice as many illegal aliens as ever before…..We are a nation of immigrants but we are also a nation of laws…..”

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Hillary Clinton talks immigration reform at Springs Preserve

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“I really don’t like what the Republicans are saying about immigrants…..we are a nation of immigrants…we were built by immigrants.”   –  Hillary Clinton


Hillary Clinton used to sound a lot like Trump on immigration

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The Immigration Reform and Control Act: What It Is, Why It Matters


By Evan Wyloge

Nov. 6, 1986.

With the stroke of a pen and a round of handshakes, President Ronald Reagan changed millions of lives and reframed immigration policy for decades to come.

Within months, millions of undocumented immigrants became eligible for legal status. Combining this “amnesty” with tighter border enforcement and employer sanctions, the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 promised to fix what was widely considered a broken immigration system.

The bill had three main parts:

Employer Sanctions: The bill made it illegal to knowingly hire undocumented immigrants, continue to employ undocumented immigrants or to hire employees without properly checking their identity and employment eligibility.

Border Security: The bill specified a 50 percent increase in Border Patrol staffing along the Mexican border.

Legalization of Undocumented Immigrants: The bill created two groups of eligible applicants. The first included those who had lived continuously in the United States since before Jan. 1, 1982, and who met other criteria. This group accounted for roughly 1.7 million applications for legalization. The second group, Special Agricultural Workers, was made up of people who could show that they had worked 60 or more days in seasonal agricultural between May 1985 and May 1986. This group ended up totaling 1.3 million, far exceeding the original estimate of 250,000.

Reagan, who had been advocating for a bill for years, called it “the most comprehensive reform of our immigration laws since 1952.”

Although Reagan’s name is most often associated with this sweeping reform, previous administrations set the groundwork for IRCA’s main elements. During his 1972 re-election campaign, President Richard M. Nixon pointed to the hiring of undocumented immigrants as one reason for the creeping unemployment of the early 1970s, and he later made claims that undocumented immigrants put a burden on the nation’s welfare system.

President Gerald R. Ford signed into law the 1976 Immigration Act, which, among other things, reduced the number of Mexicans who could apply for legal immigration. Ford expressed his displeasure with that particular piece of the law, correctly anticipating that this would only increase the illegal entry of Mexican immigrants. He promised to submit legislation that would increase the legal immigration quota by January of the following year, but was unable to do so before President Jimmy Carter took office.

In August 1977, Carter proposed legislation to raise the immigration quota for Mexican immigrants and grant legalization to the undocumented immigrants already living in the country. Congress didn’t move on the proposal but worked with Carter to establish the Select Commission on Immigration and Refugee Policy “to study and evaluate the existing laws, policies and procedures governing the admission of immigrants and refugees…” The group’s final report wasn’t ready until March 1981 and was delivered not to Carter, but to the recently inaugurated Reagan.

The report described a population of 3 to 5 million undocumented immigrants already living, and most of them working, in the United States. Faced with these numbers, Reagan — perhaps the most iconic free-market champion of the last half century — took the report as proof that the problem was one of free-labor.

In a 1977 radio address, Reagan explained his views on illegal immigration by using the example of apples rotting on the trees of American orchards:

“It makes one wonder about the illegal alien fuss. Are great numbers of our unemployed really victims of the illegal alien invasion or are those illegal tourists actually doing work our own people won’t do? One thing is certain in this hungry world: No regulation or law should be allowed if it results in crops rotting in the fields for lack of harvesters.”

Armed with the 1981 study, Reagan began pushing for broad immigration reform in a way that previous administrations had not been able.”

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