Guess who's talking?

“All Americans, not only in the states most affected but in every other place in this country, are rightly disturbed by the number of illegal aliens entering our country.” Sounds like Donald Trump, right? Yes, it does, but he’s not the speaker.

“The jobs they hold might otherwise be held by citizens or legal immigrants.” Sounds very protectionist, very nativist. Very Trumpian. The Donald’s ideas exactly, but, again, not his words.

“The public services they use impose burdens on our taxpayers.” Sounds like the much maligned majority who voted for Brexit in the UK. Sounds like the British firebrand Nigel Farage, the head of the UK Independence Party and leading Leave advocate, whom Donald Trump invited to his rally in Mississippi. Sounds like Trump himself. The idea is his, but these are not his words.

“That’s why [we should] move aggressively to secure our borders by hiring a record number of border guards.” Trump wants to triple the ranks of Border Patrol officers.

“By deporting twice as many criminal aliens as ever before.”

“By cracking down on illegal hiring.”

“By barring welfare benefits to illegal aliens.”

“…we [should] do more to speed deportations of illegal aliens who are arrested for crimes, to better identify illegal aliens in the workplace....”

“We are a nation of immigrants, but we are also a nation of laws.” Donald Trump’s six-page policy brief on immigration articulates three basic tenets, the second of which is “A nation which does not enforce its laws is not a nation.” The speaker obviously embraces this tenet.

“It is wrong and ultimately self-defeating for a nation of immigrants to permit the abuse of our immigration laws that we have seen in recent years and we must do something to stop it.” Sounds like Donald Trump. Sounds like someone issuing a real call to action.

So who is this mystery speaker who could serve quite easily as a stand-in for The Donald at any forum on immigration? William Jefferson Clinton, that’s who. The words are from a one-minute span of his 1995 State of the Union address.

Red Jahncke is president of The Townsend Group Intl., LLC, a business consulting firm headquartered in Greenwich.



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