In 1996, Bill Clinton said a lot of what Donald Trump is currently saying about illegal immigration.
A video compiled by Numbers USA, a group that opposes large-scale immigration, compares Clinton’s comments during the 1996 State of the Union speech with Trump’s campaign rhetoric.
Bill Clinton: One of these areas is the problem of illegal immigration.
Donald Trump: We have to stop the in-flow of illegals coming into our country.
Clinton: This administration has taken a strong stand to stiffen the protection of our borders.
Trump: We will build a wall, it will do what it’s supposed to do, keep illegal immigrants out.
Clinton: We are increasing border controls by 50 percent.
Trump: We’re going to have a border, it’s going to be a real border… We have a country, we have to have borders
Clinton: We are increasing inspections to prevent the hiring of illegal immigrants and tonight I announce I will sign an Executive Order to deny Federal contracts to businesses that hire illegal immigrants.
Trump: You can be very, very strong. It can be a huge financial penalty, it can be beyond a financial penalty. You can do that with E-Verify. I’m for it.
Clinton: We should honor every legal immigrant here working hard to be a good citizen but we are also a nation of laws.
Trump: We have a country. We have to have laws. We either have a country or we don’t.