Elder Patriot – Tonight President Trump will deliver to a joint session of Congress, the first State of the Union address of his administration.
While he is sure to recap the many accomplishments of his first year in office everyone is waiting for him to outline his immigration plan. Despite the drumbeat from the mainstream media that our current president is xenophobic his public statements would indicate that if he is, then he is less so than the Democrats who preceded him in the White House.
In his 1995 State of the Union address to Congress, President Bill Clinton delivered what can only be characterized as a sharp rebuke of unfettered and 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 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 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 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 the kind of abuse of our immigration laws we have seen in recent years, and we must do more to stop it.”
Imagine the outcry from the mainstream media matrix if President Trump were to repeat those exact words tonight.
In 2010, President Obama – ever the master of duplicitous rhetoric – said this during his first State of the Union address:
“And we should continue the work of fixing our broken immigration system – to secure our borders, enforce our laws, and ensure that everyone who plays by the rules can contribute to our economy and enrich our nations.
“In the end, it is our ideals, our values, that built America.”
Should our current president express the same views tonight the mainstream media matrix that is lying in wait for another opportunity to call him xenophobic and nationalistic, will scorch him.
President Trump will offer the first amnesty since Ronald Reagan but he’ll receive no credit for doing so simply because he is demanding the border security provisions that every previous president have also called for.
Trump has offered a reasonable compromise that addresses his desire to limit the upheaval to the greatest degree possible for 1.8 million illegal aliens who have built lives here. He will announce also announce a roadmap to citizenship for them that will limit the shock of new voters to the existing electorate.
In exchange Trump will demand an extensive list of border protections to guarantee that the American people, as well as those who continue to cross our borders illegally, aren’t facing the same problems again. Trump was elected because voters wanted these protections. He has a mandate to deliver on them.
Trump never promised voters DACA amnesty. By doing so now he has exposed the insincerity of the Dems who really aren’t interested in protecting the DACA recipients if it means keeping their previous promises of border security.