The federal government is in a partial shutdown due to an impasse between President Donald Trump and Congressional Democrats over a relatively paltry request for $5 billion in border security funding, which House and Senate Minority Leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer have staunchly refused to grant.
But Schumer’s refusal to provide even meager funding for border security now stands in stark contrast with his once strongly-stated desire for a secure border and tough immigration law enforcement less than 10 years ago.
The Daily Wire’s Ryan Saavedra posted to Twitter a compilation video composed of brief snippets of Schumer delivering a speech on immigration in 2009. Schumer sounded remarkably similar to Trump and his supporters today. Watch below:
Chuck Schumer in 2009:
-Americans don’t like illegal immigration
-“Illegal immigration is wrong”
-People illegally in the U.S. are “illegal aliens,” not “undocumented”
-Border fence made the southern border “far more secure…created a significant barrier to illegal immigration” pic.twitter.com/zoVyEgdrTC
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) December 28, 2018
“Illegal immigration is wrong”
“The American people are fundamentally pro-legal immigration and anti-illegal immigration,” said Schumer in 2009, speaking at Georgetown Law. “Illegal immigration is wrong, plain and simple.”
“When we use phrases like ‘undocumented workers,’ we convey a message to the American people that their government is not serious about combating illegal immigration, which the American people overwhelmingly oppose,” he said. “If you don’t think it’s illegal, you aren’t going to say it. I think it is illegal and wrong, and we have to change it.”
“Above all else, the American people want their government to be serious about protecting the public, enforcing the rule of law and creating a rational system of legal immigration that will proactively fit our needs rather than reactively responding to future waves of illegal immigration,” said Schumer. “People who enter the United States without our permission are illegal aliens, and illegal aliens should not be treated the same as people who entered the U.S. legally.”
“The American people will never accept immigration reform unless they truly believe their government is committed to ending future illegal immigration, and any successful comprehensive immigration reform bill must recognize this fact,” he continued.
Proud of prior border security accomplishments
“Any immigration solution must recognize that we must do as much as we can to gain control of our borders as soon as possible,” said Schumer.
He also said, “But we also need to set the record straight: The American people need to know that because of our efforts in Congress, our border is far more secure today than it was when we began debating comprehensive reform in 2005.”
Schumer continued, “Between 2005 and 2009 a vast amount of progress has been made on our borders and ports of entry, the progress includes: 9,000 new Border Patrol field agents in the last four years, construction of 630 miles of border fence, that present a significant barrier to illegal immigration on our southern land border.”
“The time has come to end the divisive rhetoric about our border,” he added.
Sounds like Donald Trump
In 2009, Chuck Schumer sounded an awful lot like President Trump does these days on the topic of border security and illegal immigration, though he is admittedly singing quite a different tune now.
But if Schumer was so adamantly in favor of border security in 2009, what has changed so significantly for him to be so adamantly set against border security now?
The easy and obvious answer would be Trump, and the fact that Schumer has cast aside any sort of principles he may once have held to join the #Resistance and placate his increasingly frothy left-wing base, which has essentially called for open borders and the abolition of immigration laws and the agencies who enforce them.
President Trump should call for another publicized Oval Office meeting with Democratic leaders and simply play this video right in front of Schumer and Pelosi, then force them to explain why they no longer support border security like they did as few as 5-10 years ago.