Here’s a shocking fact: Dems weren’t always against tightening up immigration – and at one point, they wanted a wall, too.
Yes, it’s true, even as startling as it seems given how much effort the Left is putting into rallying against pretty much anything that further restricts immigration. In fact, a number of the same Dems labeling it inhumane and unconscionable were also fighting for a border wall just a decade ago.
Stick with this one to the end; it clearly displays the Left’s willingness to flip flop if it serves their hopeless tirade against President Trump.
- Trump has been talking about the Left’s refusal to acknowledge the crisis at the border for a long time. The subject was one of the biggest elements of his campaign and, honestly, probably a big part of why he won. But while it isn’t surprising to hear the President talk about a border wall, it does feel more surprising to learn that it was suggested by Democrats first.
- What stirred up the topic again was 45’s words in this White House press briefing. The President writes that, “Senator Chuck Schumer — who you will be hearing from later tonight — has repeatedly supported a physical barrier in the past, along with many other Democrats.”
- As oddball as it sounds with all the fighting over the wall in previous years, the president is right. Chuck Schumer and several other Democratic leaders, including Nancy Pelosi, all showed their support for a barrier in the past. In fact, back in 2006, nearly half of all elected Democrats voted in support of erecting a fence under the Secure Fence Act of 2006.
- At the time, the bill had one goal: to better secure the borders, which is exactly what Trump is trying to do now. H. W. Bush urged people to sign it, saying that it would “help protect the American people” and “make our borders more secure.” Bush also believed it was the first step in immigration reform –as did many on the Left.
- Now, granted, the Secure Fence talked about back in 2006 was much different than the wall or fence Trump wants to erect today. It was much lighter and far less robust than 45’s suggested wall, covering only 700 miles of the border.
- Furthermore, there were issues with the wall (okay, fence) Democrats supported back in 2006. Plainly put, it was ineffective and far more of a waste of money than Trump’s currently proposed border wall would ever be. Miles of gaps between sections and crumbling, rusted slats essentially made hopping over it effortless – what use is a wall like that?
- But here’s the thing: Dems aren’t arguing against the robustness of Trump’s wall these days. Instead, they’re calling Trump evil and arguing that a wall is inhumane, disrespectful and ineffective. Feels a bit like the pot calling the kettle black, doesn’t it?
- Trump is willing to step up and get the job done right; yet, the Left is taking up the opportunity to use it against him. It’s pretty clear that this has more to do with Trump than with the validity of increased border control. Or, perhaps they just want to avoid the President pointing out how awful the wall they supported really was. Distraction at its best.