What a difference an election makes. As Democrat Majority Senate Leader Chuck Schumer goes before the cameras to cry about the illegal immigrants affected by President Donald Trump’s DACA repeal, only a few years ago the same senator was claiming that illegal immigration was “wrong.”
Schumer has proclaimed Trump’s end of the DACA program a “heartless” act. But this is a very different opinion compared to what he was saying when Obama was president back in 2009, Daily Wire reports.
Schumer gave a speech at the Immigration Law & Policy Conference at Georgetown Law and at the time said that immigration reform should focus on encouraging legal immigration. He also said U.S. policy should make clear that “illegal immigration is wrong.”
(The quotes appear about 1:30 into the above video)
“The American people are fundamentally pro-legal immigration and anti-illegal immigration,” Schumer explained at the conference. “We will only pass comprehensive reform when we recognize this fundamental concept.”
“The following seven principles are all based on this concept and comprise what I believe to be the framework for a bill that can receive overwhelming and bipartisan congressional support,” he said.
“First, illegal immigration is wrong,” Schumer declared, “and a primary goal of comprehensive immigration reform must be to dramatically curtail future illegal immigration.”
Remember, this was when Democrats were saying that presidents couldn’t just make immigration rules on their own hook.
Indeed, until he suddenly decided to make immigration laws despite that it is illegal for a president to do so, Obama was running around telling people he couldn’t just make up any immigration law he felt like making at any given time.
Speaker Ryan has a great entry from 2014 on his website showing the 22 times that Obama said he didn’t have the legal power to make immigration laws, all said before he illegally made the DACA policy giving amnesty to illegals.
Here is what Ryan’s website said in 2014:
With the White House poised to grant executive amnesty any day now despite the American people’s staunch opposition, on Sunday President Obama was asked about the many, many statements he made in the past about his inability to unilaterally change or ignore immigration law. His response was astonishingly brazen: “Actually, my position hasn’t changed. When I was talking to the advocates, their interest was in me, through executive action, duplicating the legislation that was stalled in Congress.”
This is a flagrant untruth: “In fact, most of the questions that were posed to the president over the past several years were about the very thing that he is expected to announce within a matter of days,” reported The New York Times.
Even the so-called fact checkers at the time said it was a lie when Obama claimed that he didn’t change his position.
Now we see that Sen. Schumer is also lying.