As President Donald Trump prepared to deliver the State of the Union address with the debate over illegal immigration dominating national headlines, it is worth taking a look back at the past.
What exactly did former presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama say about the subject during their State of the Union addresses?
If you can recall… back in 1995, Bill Clinton slammed illegal immigration, making it clear that: “We are a generous and welcoming people here in the United States — but those who enter the country illegally, and those who employ them, disrespect the rule of law. They are showing disregard for those who are following the law. We simply cannot allow people to pour into the United States undetected, undocumented, unchecked, and circumventing the line of people who are waiting patiently and lawfully to become immigrants.”
Watch for yourself:
Bill Clinton Receives Standing Ovation In 1995 State Of The Union For Tough Stance On Illegal Immigration pic.twitter.com/FbBgszGB8K
— Ryan Saavedra 🇺🇸 (@RealSaavedra) January 29, 2018
Then we turn to Barack Obama in 2013, who bashed illegal immigration with this: “Real reform means strong border security, and we can build on the progress my Administration has already made — putting more boots on the southern border than at any time in our history, and reducing illegal crossings to their lowest levels in 40 years.
Real reform means establishing a responsible pathway to earned citizenship — a path that includes passing a background check, paying taxes and a meaningful penalty, learning English, and going to the back of the line behind the folks trying to come here legally.
And real reform means fixing the legal immigration system to cut waiting periods, reduce bureaucracy, and attract the highly-skilled entrepreneurs and engineers that will help create jobs and grow our economy.”
Take a good look:
2013 State Of The Union: Obama Calls For Border Security & Putting Illegals In Back Of The Line pic.twitter.com/txqhPNzezw
— Ryan Saavedra 🇺🇸 (@RealSaavedra) January 29, 2018
Now we have Kennedy, out of all people, to give the State of the Union rebuttal, and of course the mainstream media has nothing but praise to give him over the “WALL.”
For a party trying to float by on feminist hashtags and regain lost blue collar voters, a Kennedy seemed an odd choice to give the rebuttal to the State of the Union.
And that was before they put him in front of a wrecked car.
Yet, even though the speech was a farrago of platitudes given by a wholly undeserving trustfunder who appeared to be drooling and was attired like a freshman high school athlete dressing up for game day, this was a Kennedy, after all — which meant the media had to find something to praise him for.
And they did, in the line, “Build a wall and my generation will tear it down.”
Given that this was a Kennedy, you probably shouldn’t be surprised to learn the line actually wasn’t his. His mention of it came during a part of the speech where he addressed those in the loose coalition of anti-Trumpers who would probably use the hashtag #TheResistance without a hint of irony.
“And to all the Dreamers watching tonight, let me be clear: Ustedes son parte de nuestra historia. Vamos a luchar por ustedes y no nos vamos alejar. (You are a part of our story. We will fight for you. We will not walk away.) America, we carry that story on our shoulders,” Kennedy said.
“You swarmed Washington last year to ensure no parent has to worry if they can afford to save their child’s life.
“You proudly marched together last weekend – thousands deep — in the streets of Las Vegas and Philadelphia and Nashville.
“You sat high atop your mom’s shoulders and held a sign that read: ‘Build a wall and my generation will tear it down.’”
So, Joe Kennedy is essentially getting credit for a line written by someone else and taken off of a placard. If nothing else, this provides an ample glimpse into just how feverishly the media continues to perform CPR on the Kennedy legacy.
However, there’s another funny thing about the Kennedy legacy that’s worth pointing out: As a family, they actually seem to love walls. Just not along our Southern border.
For instance, let’s take a look at Rep. Kennedy’s house. It’s not exactly modest, and it’s got a rather familiar circumambient feature:
Here’s a picture of Joe Kennedy’s house. Notice that it has A WALL ! pic.twitter.com/675bTv7Ewz
— MARK SIMONE (@MarkSimoneNY) February 1, 2018
Oh look — a wall. And, as Julian Gillespie noted in a piece at The Daily Caller, “the young congressman failed to mention that generations of Kennedys preceding him have enjoyed the protections and sanctity provided by walls and extra security at compounds stretching from Cape Cod to Palm Beach.”
“When the Kennedy family sold the estate in Palm Beach, Florida in 1995, the walls and gate were the only part of the two-acre oceanfront compound to be legally protected,” Gillespie wrote. “The family had fought for years to keep the estate from historical designation to help resale value and make remodeling less complicated for a new owner.”
Now, of course, this is private property, but both walls serve roughly the same purpose: They are designed, in cases where there might be an incentive for ill-meaning actors to cross into territory they’re legally prohibited from doing so, to stop them from doing so.
In the case of illegal immigration, the costs and externalities are supposed to be borne by the American people because the demographic shifts are favorable to the Democrats. This is what they never mention. In any other circumstance, especially if the electoral benefits were neutral or unfavorable to the party, the wall would have been erected decades ago.
But don’t ask me. Ask Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. When slamming illegal immigration made electoral hay for the Democrats, they were more than willing to pay lip service to stopping it in their State of the Union addresses, as The Daily Wire points out.
Walls and border enforcement, when it suits them, are perfectly dandy with the party of the left. It’s just the ones that interfere with their demographical destiny that Joe Kennedy and his compatriots wish to tear down.