Flashback, 1995: President Bill Clinton Promised to Secure Borders, Accelerate Deportations of Criminal Illegals


by Sharon Rondeau

(Aug. 30, 2016) — In his January 24, 1995 State of the Union address, then-President William Jefferson Clinton, husband of current Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, decried  the “large numbers of illegal aliens entering our country” to resounding applause from those in the gallery.

“The jobs they hold might otherwise be held by citizens or legal immigrants; the public service they use impose burdens on our taxpayers,” Clinton asserted.  “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 illegal aliens as ever before…”

In the 1:24 clip of the nearly-two-hour speech, Clinton vowed to “do more to stop” the “abuse of our immigration laws we have seen in recent years.”

He pledged to accelerate the deportation of illegals, particularly criminal illegals, and to identify illegal aliens in the workplace.

“We are a nation of immigrants, but we are also a nation of laws,” he said.  “…We must do more to stop it,” Clinton concluded the segment, at which point many attendees stood up to show their support of his proposals.

Last November on the campaign trail, after a Telemundo reporter criticized Hillary Clinton for using the term “illegal immigrants,” she pledged “not to use the same language in the future.”

As reported by Yahoo! News at the time, “Over the course of her campaign, Clinton has promised to go beyond President Obama’s executive actions that shielded about 4 million undocumented immigrants from deportation,” referring to actions announced on November 20, 2014 by Obama which would have expanded a 2012 directive, DACA, and created a new initiative called DAPA to shield from deportation relatives of DACA participants.

In June, Obama’s executive actions received a deadlocked 4-4 vote at the U.S. Supreme Court on their constitutionality, which in effect maintained a lower court’s enjoining of the implementation of the actions.  Hillary Clinton called that outcome “heartbreaking.”

On her campaign website, Clinton states, “We need comprehensive immigration reform with a pathway to full and equal citizenship.”

At a Clinton campaign event prior to the U.S. Supreme Court’s review of the executive actions, a number of “undocumented” individuals related their stories of having had a family member deported. Hillary responded by complimenting them on their “courage” for coming forward.  “It is time to bring families together.  I don’t think there is any doubt that we must do more to let stories like yours be heard more widely…I will do everything I can to pass laws that would bring families back together…,” she said.

A Department of Homeland Security (DHS) directive issued the same day as Obama’s announced executive actions stated that “limited resources” prohibited the department from “responding to all immigration violations.”

Below the video on her campaign website, it is stated that “Hillary has been committed to the immigrant rights community throughout her career. As president, she will work to fix our broken immigration system and stay true to our fundamental American values: that we are a nation of immigrants, and we treat those who come to our country with dignity and respect—and that we embrace immigrants, not denigrate them.”

Hillary has also expressed support for illegal aliens to receive coverage under Obama’s controversial health care plan, Obamacare, “if they can afford it” through their respective states’ health insurance exchanges. Approximately half of the states which opened health-insurance exchanges closed them as of June 1 due to insolvency.

On August 24, Tennessee’s insurance commissioner announced that the health care marketplace there was “very near collapse.”

On February 18, ABC News reported that an advertisement created by the Clinton campaign titled “Brave” “featured a touching moment” when Clinton hugged the ten-year-old daughter of “undocumented immigrants” who had received a “letter of deportation.”  Clinton told the girl that she would “do all the worrying” and promised “to do everything I can to help.”

Regarding current policy toward illegals, last month, the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) reported:

ICE deportations continue to decline this year and are on pace to be the lowest since 2006, according to the latest ICE statistics. Deportations of criminals also keep declining, despite a nationwide litany of high-profile fatalities caused by criminal aliens, and despite the Obama administration’s claimed focus on removing deportable criminals. ICE internal metrics, including arrests, detainers and charging documents issued, show that enforcement in the interior has reached the lowest level of this administration. Most of ICE’s workload (72%) is still made up of cases referred from the Border Patrol rather than aliens arrested in the interior of the country, a trend that started in 2012. The number of aliens being detained is running slightly higher than it was at this time last year, but still well below the level mandated by Congress.

In 2013, approximately 36,000 criminal illegals were “freed” onto American streets by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency, which reports to DHS.

In April 2014, Time and The New York Times presented an entirely different scenario as to the Obama regime’s approach toward illegal aliens?

Most of the 2 million people who have been deported under President Barack Obama were expelled after committing minor infractions, despite Obama’s promise that his administration was targeting immigrants who were threats to the community.

Over the summer of 2014, illegals surging over the southern border were reported to have numbered in the tens of thousands in an “endless wave.”  Thousands of unaccompanied children were placed in temporary homes, at times at great distances from their entry point into the U.S., at the expense of the U.S. taxpayer.

On Sunday, “An out-of-control bus driven by an illegal immigrant carrying flood recovery volunteers hit a fire truck and firefighters who had responded to an earlier crash Sunday morning on a Louisiana interstate, killing two people and injuring 36, according to state police.” According to at least one source, the driver possessed an extensive criminal background.

On June 3 of this year, the government-accountability organization Judicial Watch reported that “The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is quietly transporting illegal immigrants from the Mexican border to Phoenix and releasing them without proper processing or issuing court appearance documents.”

Hillary Clinton has enlisted the help of illegal aliens “to rally and ‘secure commitments’ from immigrants who can vote.”

Clinton’s Republican opponent, Donald J. Trump, has been widely criticized by the mainstream media for his initially-perceived “hardline” position on “building the wall” between Mexico and the southern border and what is now seen as a “softening” of those positions.

On Wednesday, Trump plans to give a major speech on the topic of immigration.  On his website, he states, in part:

1. A nation without borders is not a nation. There must be a wall across the southern border.

2. A nation without laws is not a nation. Laws passed in accordance with our Constitutional system of government must be enforced.

3. A nation that does not serve its own citizens is not a nation. Any immigration plan must improve jobs, wages and security for all Americans.

Some reports say that approximately 11 million illegals reside in the U.S. currently, although that number could be now significantly higher.

One Response to "Flashback, 1995: President Bill Clinton Promised to Secure Borders, Accelerate Deportations of Criminal Illegals"

  1. Robert C. Laity   Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at 7:28 AM

    A very reliable source of immigration numbers the total illegal immigrant population at 26 MILLION and NOT 11M. Eleven Million is an old total which has been used for years if not decades. That figure is wrong. Twenty six million PLUS is correct. Source: Immigration Counters.

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