United States President Donald J. Trump is under media fire for barring the entry of illegal immigrants (also called as aliens) from seven Muslim majority countries that his administration sees as hotbeds of terrorism. The mainstream media in America has mischievously termed this move by the Trump administration as a ‘Muslim ban’.
Trump clarified in his facebook post today that there was no Muslim ban and his ‘policy is similar to what President Obama did in 2011 when he banned visas for refugees from Iraq for six months.’ Obviously, the media didn’t raise such brouhaha then probably because there was a democrat in the white house.
But the social media is a great leveler. People were quick to point out the difference between the coverage of Obama then and Trump now.
Social media also dug out a video clip from a ‘State of the Union’ address delivered by another democrat president almost 20 years ago. He, like Trump, also vowed to crack down on illegal aliens. He got a standing ovation for it.
That democrat was the then US President Bill Clinton who said, quite sensibly, declared that, "We are a nation of immigrants.. but we are a nation of laws". He said:
Our nation is rightly disturbed by the large numbers of illegal aliens entering our country...Illegal immigrants take jobs from citizens or legal immigrants, they impose burdens on our taxpayers...That is why we are doubling the number of border guards, deporting more illegal immigrants than ever before, cracking down on illegal hiring, barring benefits to illegal aliens, and we will do more to speed the deportation of illegal immigrants arrest for crimes...It is wrong and ultimately self-defeating for a nation of immigrants to permit the kind of abuse of our immigration laws that has occurred in the last few years.. and we must do more to stop it
Here’s the relevant clip from his address: