Democrats have essentially become the party of open borders, but it wasn’t so long ago that the standard bearer of the party was singing a different tune. During his 1996 State of the Union address, then-president Bill Clinton sounded downright Trump-like.
A recent video, compiled by border control advocate group Numbers USA, shows just how similar the 42nd president once sounded to the man who hopes to be the 45th.
“There are some areas that the federal government should not leave and should address and address strongly,” Clinton said in the 1996 address. “One of these areas is the problem of illegal immigration. After years of neglect, this administration has taken a strong stand to stiffen the protection of our borders. We are increasing border controls by 50 percent. We are increasing inspections to prevent the hiring of illegal immigrants. And tonight, I announce I will sign an executive order to deny federal contracts to businesses that hire illegal immigrants.”
“Let me be very clear about this,” Clinton added. “We are still a nation of immigrants; we should be proud of it. We should honor every legal immigrant here, working hard to become a new citizen. But we are also a nation of laws.”
The left often likes to say that the Republican party has drifted too far to the right. As the above video demonstrates, it is the Democrats who have drifted–way to the left.