Flashback: Bill Clinton Says In 1995 What Trump Says Today On Immigration

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While former President Bill Clinton’s 1995 speech on illegal immigration got a standing ovation when he used the same talking points as Republican nominee Donald Trump, Trump’s Arizona speech Wednesday got him called a racist.

Clinton gave a State of the Union address where he said all Americans were disturbed by the amount of illegal immigrants in the country. He noted the burdens they put on the tax payers before vowing to crack down aggressively.

“That’s why our administration has moved to aggressively secure our borders more, by hiring a record number of new border guards, by deporting twice as many criminal aliens as every before, by cracking down on illegal hiring, by barring welfare benefits to illegal aliens,” Clinton said.

Clinton received a standing ovation for his remarks.


Trump’s speech in Arizona had many of the same talking points as Clinton’s speech. Trump pointed out that the immigration system is failing and that leadership needs to listen to the concerns of the American people. RELATED: TEXT: Donald Trump’s Speech In Phoenix On Illegal Immigration

He vowed, much like Clinton did, to strengthen the border, hire more border security and to deport any criminal illegal immigrants.

“We will issue detainers for all illegal immigrants who are arrested for any crime whatsoever, and they will be placed into immediate removal proceedings,” Trump said.

Trump addressed welfare abuse, using the same talking points as Clinton did.

“The Center for Immigration Studies estimates that 62 percent of households headed by illegal immigrants used some form of cash or non-cash welfare programs, like food stamps or housing assistance,” Trump continued. “Those who abuse our welfare system will be priorities for removal.”

After Trump’s speech, the media ran headlines referring to his speech as “vile” and “hate-filled.” NBC News ran an article where various Latinos called his speech “fear-mongering” and labeled Trump a racist.

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