While the Federal Government is still shut down over whether or not to continue the construction of a border wall/fence/barrier/steel slats on our Southern border I thought it would be good to take a historical look at who said what on this topic. Obviously administrations have changed and so have some of the roles of the people involved. Some moved on to become President, Secretary of State, Minority Leaders, Majority Leaders and private citizens aka King and Queen makers. All have stayed with their parties and continue to fundraise for their members. What you will notice is that what was said by some in the past on the same topic is almost identical to what their opponents are espousing. The only difference is which party is in power at the time it was said and what additional caveats they wanted to add to the legislation. Not saying some of the people listed are hypocrites. To be fair here is the definition of hypocrisy: a person who professes beliefs and opinions that he or she does not hold in order to conceal his or her real feelings or motives. According to vocabulary.com the word hypocrite is rooted in the Greek word hypokrites, which means “stage actor, pretender, dissembler.” So think of a hypocrite as a person who pretends to be a certain way, but really acts and believes the total opposite. Hypocrites usually talk a big talk but fail to follow their own rules — like an outspoken vegetarian who secretly eats bacon.
“We simply cannot allow people to pour into the United States, undetected, undocumented, unchecked and circumventing the line of people who are waiting patiently, diligently and lawfully to become immigrants in this country,” “We all agree on the need to better secure the border and to punish employers who choose to hire illegal immigrants,” “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 and they are showing disregard for those who are following the law.”– Senator Barack Obama (D), 2005
“I voted numerous times…to spend money to build a barrier to try to prevent illegal immigrants from coming in,” “And I do think you have to control your borders.” – Hillary Clinton (D), Presidential Candidate, 2008, 2015
“Illegal immigration is wrong, plain and simple,” “Until the American people are convinced we will stop future flows of illegal immigration, we will make no progress.” – Senator Chuck Schumer (D), 2009
“America proudly welcomes millions of lawful immigrants who enrich our society and contribute to our nation. But all Americans are hurt by uncontrolled, illegal migration. It strains public resources and drives down jobs and wages. Among those hardest hit are African Americans and Hispanic Americans.” “Our southern border is a pipeline for vast quantities of illegal drugs, including meth, heroin, cocaine, and fentanyl. Every week, 300 of our citizens are killed by heroin alone, 90 percent of which floods across from our southern border. More Americans will die from drugs this year than were killed in the entire Vietnam War.” “When I took the Oath of Office, I swore to protect our country. And that is what I will always do, so help me God.” – President Donald Trump (R), 2019
In case our Senators have forgotten the Oath of Office they took when they were sworn in as elected representatives of this great nation of ours, perhaps they should read this oath once again. Note, nowhere in it does it mention voting the party line and abdicating your responsibility to this country in favor of people who are here unlawfully and to others who are looking to violate our sovereignty.
I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.