The media and Democrats are working overtime turning Donald Trump into David Duke, labeling him a racist for his position on illegal immigration.
Yet Democrats’ grandstanding is a relatively new phenomenon. Just a generation ago Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) had a similar position on illegal immigration and proposed a tougher enforcement bill than any Republican would sponsor today.
Reid authored the Immigration Stabilization Act of 1993 to remove asylum seekers, end birthright citizenship, expand deportations, and exclude legal immigrants from public assistance. The bill also included amendments that closed loopholes dealing with criminal aliens and mandated more cooperation between local and federal law enforcement, the Conservative Review reported on Tuesday.
“Our borders have overflowed with illegal immigrants placing tremendous burdens on our criminal justice system, schools and social programs. The Immigration and Naturalization Service needs the ability to step up enforcement,” Reid said in a statement.
Had Trump said any such thing, he would have been called a racist, draconian, and lacking in all compassion.
“Our federal wallet is stretched to the limit by illegal aliens getting welfare, food stamps, medical care and other benefits often without paying any taxes,” Reid continued. “Safeguards like welfare and free medical care are in place to boost Americans in need of short-term assistance. These programs were not meant to entice freeloaders and scam artists from around the world.”
The bill was co-sponsored by both Democrats and Republicans, but sadly, no action was taken on it, and it died in the Senate Judiciary Committee. Now, decades later, the illegal immigrant crisis is worse than Reid could have ever imagined.
Unfortunately, there are no more immigration hawks in the Democratic Party. Its members have either retired, passed away, or changed their position, as was the case for Reid. The party that was once the voice of the working class in America is now beholden to the ethnic lobby and are desperately Hispandering for votes.
Watch Reid talk about his bill in the clip below: