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Think Trump is the first president to be hard on undocumented immigrants? Think again. Nolan Rappaport

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I found the following video clip while doing research for my next article, which will be on Trump's legal immigration plans. You might be surprised by who is making these remarks.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7AXizmhgi0



Or if you would rather just read the statement ----

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 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.

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  1. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    If Nolan can find any statements by President Bill Clinton attacking immigrants by race or religion, not just over issues of whether they are obeying the immigration laws or not, I hope that he will see fit to share those statements with his readers.

    I do not recall ever hearing or seeing any statements by Bill Clinton (or his wife) to the effect that Mexicans (in general) were "criminals", "rapists", or "drug dealers" as Trump said when he began his presidential campaign.

    Nor have I ever heard a statement by either of the Clintons calling for 1.6 billion members of a major world religion to be barred from entering the US, as Trump called for Muslims to be banned in December 2015, or in March 2016 when he told an interviewer that "Islam hates us" (not "Islamic extremists" or "Muslim terrorists", which would have been legitimate, of course).

    This is not to say that Bill Clinton had a wholly admirable record of support for immigrant rights. For example, he used the Coast Guard to stop Haitian refugees from escaping their own country - a horrifying violation of international law which was arguably much worse than anything Trump has done so far with regard to refugees.

    But it is quite clear from the overall statements of both presidents, if not actions, that Bill Clinton's statements about immigrants were limited to those who had violated our laws, i.e. unauthorized immigrants.

    Trump's statements have gone far beyond that. They have included attacks on immigrant groups which were explicitly based on race or religion.

    They have also included Trump's recent Warsaw speech praising European immigrants above all others for their superior "culture, "civilization", "ancestry" and "traditions".

    We all know what that means. At least the people whom Trump has appointed as his top immigration advisers, "Culture Warriors" such as Steven Bannon, Stephen Miller and Jeff Sessions (who openly praised the "Nordics" - only 1924 immigration act, which closed off most non-white immigration, as well as immigration by Jews and Catholics, for some forty years, in his January 2015 Congressional immigration "Handbook"), know what that means.

    Equating the two presidents' views on immigration in general, just because the two both talked tough on the issue of illegal immigration, is not only inaccurate and misleading, but it is not fair to either of the two presidents.

    It is not fair to President Clinton, because comparing him to Trump inaccurately makes Bill Clinton seem like a bigot.

    Nor is it fair to Donald Trump, because it overlook's Trump's vision of barring entire groups of immigrants whom he feels are intrinsically undesirable, regardless of whether they have broken any law or not, in the spirit of the 1924 law.

    Many Americans may not share that vision, and few if any immigrants from any part to the world are likely to share it either, but it is obviously one that is important to Donald Trump, and by all appearances, is central to his thinking on immigration. This is very different from anything that President Bill Clinton has ever advocated.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 07-16-2017 at 05:40 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  2. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Philip Bobbitt, a Columbia University Law professor, suggests in the London Evening Standard that Trump might resign, rather than be impeached, in order to protect one or more of his children from prosecution in the growing Russia scandal(s).

    http://www.standard.co.uk/comment/co...-a3587946.html

    While the Russia investigations obviously have nothing to do with immigration, they do arguably weaken the president's trust and credibility; and that could, conceivably, contribute to the reluctance of the federal courts, and even the Supreme Court, to give him the kind of unlimited power over admission and exclusion of immigrants which he is claiming in the Muslim ban litigation.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 07-16-2017 at 11:26 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  3. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    No doubt the most important difference of all between Trump and Bill Clinton is that Clinton never had a agenda of making America whiter by reducing legal immigration, something that Trump and his Republican supporters are actively pursuing in proposed legislation such as the RAISE Act.

    See:

    http://www.alternet.org/immigration/...al-immigration

    See also my forthcoming ilw.com comment on this issue.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 07-17-2017 at 07:52 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  4. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ImmigrationLawBlogs
    No doubt the most important difference of all between Trump and Bill Clinton is that Clinton never had a agenda of making America whiter by reducing legal immigration, something that Trump and his Republican supporters are actively pursuing in proposed legislation such as the RAISE Act.

    See:

    http://www.alternet.org/immigration/...al-immigration

    See also my forthcoming ilw.com comment on this issue.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law

    Actually, Clinton endorsed the Jordon Commission's call to reduce legal immigration.
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/archi...=.2a7e1bc663d9
  5. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Nolan is right and I stand corrected on this point. This was not exactly Bill Clinton's finest hour on immigration, in my view

    In the meantime, Trump's DHS has announced that it is increasing the number of unskilled foreign workers by 15,000 who will be allowed into the US on H-2B visas, despite Trump's speech last August 31 (2016) stating that legal immigration levels were too high and needed to be reduced to "historical" levels.

    Bill Clinton did not enhance his reputation by caving in to anti-immigrant pressure; while Trump has boosted his, in my view, by listening to reality (and, according to reports, considerable big business pressure) by admitting more H-2B's.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
  6. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ImmigrationLawBlogs
    Nolan is right and I stand corrected on this point. This was not exactly Bill Clinton's finest hour on immigration, in my view

    In the meantime, Trump's DHS has announced that it is increasing the number of unskilled foreign workers by 15,000 who will be allowed into the US on H-2B visas, despite Trump's speech last August 31 (2016) stating that legal immigration levels were too high and needed to be reduced to "historical" levels.

    Bill Clinton did not enhance his reputation by caving in to anti-immigrant pressure; while Trump has boosted his, in my view, by listening to reality (and, according to reports, considerable big business pressure) by admitting more H-2B's.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    As I have said many times already, you cannot expect any politician to keep his campaign promises. It's still too early to know where Trump will go with immigration, but indications are that he will be flexible.

    This is a once in thirty plus years opportunity for the democrats to cut a deal on comprehensive immigration reform. He will deal, but not while he is being demonized and insulted and compared to Hitler. That has to stop or millions of undocumented aliens are going to be deported without hearings.

    Roger still seems to be limiting his criticisms of Bill Clinton. In addition to his harsh policies on immigration enforcement, he praised IIRIRA when he signed the bill it was in; and he endorsed the Jordon Commission's recommendation to slash legal immigration. All things Roger has acknowledged.

    So tell me, Roger, what did Bill Clinton do that benefited immigrants or furthered liberal immigration reform objectives?

    Nolan Rappaport
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