We hear it every day. The Trump travel ban on seven countries is a Muslim-ban. Never mind, President Trump has only targeted countries named by former president Obama. Never mind, 72 immigrants from these seven countries have been convicted of terrorism. Yet – amazingly – Presidents Trump, Clinton, and Obama have said the same thing about immigration.
President Bill Clinton (1995) – “It is wrong, and ultimately self-defeating, for a nation of immigrants to permit the kind of immigration laws we have seen in recent years. We must do more to stop it.”
President Obama (2005) – “We all agree on the need to better secure our borders and to punish employers who choose to hire illegal immigrants. We are a generous and welcoming people 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 obeying the law.”
President Obama (2014) – “Today, our immigration system is broken, and everybody knows it. Even as we are a nation of immigrants, we are a nation of laws. Undocumented workers broke our immigration laws, and I believe that they must be held accountable. If you’re a criminal, you’ll be deported.”
President Trump (2017) – “We will not break up families. But either we have a country or we don’t. Illegal immigrants who break our laws will be the first to go. They will be deported.”
To the surprise of many, President Obama was the true “deportation president.” According to ABC News (no critic of Obama), under his administration, 2.5 million illegal immigrants were removed from the country.
By contrast, President George W. Bush deported less than 2 million illegals in his eight years in office.
So, our sitting president is on record for two things: he will uphold the laws of the land, and he will continue the same deportation practices of the Clinton, Bush, and Obama administrations.
Yet, celebrity America is beside herself . . .
Because of his immigration policies, Rihanna recently called Mr. Trump an “immoral pig.” The president has received similar condemnation from the likes of Ashton Kutcher, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Emma Stone, Denzel Washington, and Lily Tomlin. And that was just last week.
How dare President Trump enforce the laws that were put in place under previous administrations! How dare he protect us from the 72 terrorists who came into America from the seven countries targeted by Mr. Obama! How dare he take the exact same position of Presidents Clinton and Obama!
Of course, facts don’t matter much to a lot of people. Sure, 85 percent of Muslims live in countries that are still allowed to migrate freely to America. Sure, Trump is simply following the law. Sure, Clinton and Obama said the same things and took the same positions on immigration as Trump. Sure, Obama deported more illegal immigrants than any president in American history – with zero criticism from Hollywood.
But will any of this matter to those whose mission it is to undermine and criticize President Trump every time a misguided person places a mic in front of them? Of course not.