Recently, Senate Majority Leader and Democrat Harry Reid blasted Republican Ted Cruz and the GOP for their position on immigration. Harry Reid said “What the junior senator from Texas (Cruz) said (is) we’re not going to do this unless we deport all these children who came here before, the so-called Dreamers,” Reid said on the Senate floor. “Once again we see there are no substantive solutions being offered by the Republican Party. Instead of doing something about these children who are at the border, they want to deport hundreds of thousands of the people who are already here.” This is really weird to hear because the position that the Democrat Reid was chastising is actually the very same position that the Democrat Reid once held very dear to his heart.
First of all, let us not forget that it is the policies of the federal government that continues to lure criminal immigrants to the United States. Both the Republicans and the Democrats continue to push the programs that encourage the behavior and both continue to not only allow it, but they continue to use tax-payer dollars to pay for it, regardless of the fact that only 18% of the American population think criminal immigrants should be given immediate amnesty. On a similar note, (and in spite of what the federal government and mainstream media are trying to sell you) over 80% of Americans support “stricter border control to try to reduce illegal immigration.” So here is a question for you. Why will the federal government NOT listen to the people of the United States? And once again, don’t cry racism or bigotry on me, even the majority of Hispanic voters support tougher enforcement.
NOTE: Once again, LEGAL immigration is not only preferred but embraced. I have made this position abundantly clear.
Second, and upon more in-depth consideration, perhaps it would be in our better interests to listen to Harry Reid when it comes to immigration and amnesty since he has so much experience. In fact, perhaps Harry Reid should listen to Harry Reid when it comes to immigration and amnesty.
Of course, I am not saying we should listen to the old slimy weasel Harry Reid of 2014, I’m talking about listening to the younger, better looking slimy weasel Harry Reid of 1993. That’s because, in 1993, Democrat Reid introduced the Immigration Stabilization Act [S.1351] which cracked down on illegal immigration, greatly reduced legal immigration, and ended birthright citizenship. Yes, you read that correctly. In fact, Democrat Reid called for the 14th Amendment to be clarified so that “any person born after the date of enactment of this title to a mother who is neither a citizen of the United States nor admitted to the United States as a lawful permanent resident, and which person is a national or citizen of another country of which either of his or her natural parents is a national or citizen, or is entitled upon application to become a national or citizen of such country, shall be considered as born subject to the jurisdiction of that foreign country and not subject to the jurisdiction of the United States within the meaning of section 1 of such Article and shall therefore not be a citizen of the United States or of any State solely by reason of physical presence within the United States at the moment of birth.”
It gets better. In 1993, Democrat Reid was quoted as saying the following about immigration: “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. 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. 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. Even worse, Americans have seen heinous crimes committed by individuals who are here illegally.”
Guess what? These words remain true to this day. In fact, Democrat Reid also said “If making it easy to be an illegal alien wasn`t enough, how about offering a reward for being an illegal immigrant? No sane country would do that. Right? Guess again! If you break our laws by entering this country without permission and give birth to a child, we reward that child with US citizenship.”
Believe it or not, I agree with him actually, “No sane country would do that!” Well obviously, the United States is not exactly sane. The vast majority didn’t want Obamacare and the people have allowed it. The vast majority don’t want to allow criminal immigration and they currently allow it. There is not a single right in the Bill of Rights not currently under attack by the federal government, the people don’t even care. This is exactly what has been going on in this country for years, and it has been exacerbated and taken advantage of by the Feds. Still, the people allow it.
“But David, that was then… this is now!” Is Reid allowed to change his mind? Of course, he is! I am not suggesting that he cannot. The only point I am making here is that this Democrat’s reasons in 1993 were evidently valid then, and these reasons actually remain valid today. I also think it’s a little weird for Reid to attack Cruz considering Cruz very well of could have been reading the transcript of Reid’s speeches in the 90’s on the subject. Keep in mind that these were not some one-off comments made by Reid. Reid continued his fight against criminal immigration for years after these comments were made. In fact, now that I think about it, his “change of heart” seemed to coincide with his promotion from Defender of Nevada to Democratic Whip in 1999. Ironic? Convenient? Telling?