- - Sunday, February 26, 2017

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

In President Bill Clinton’s 1995 State of the Union address he said all Americans were disturbed by the number of illegal immigrants in the country. He noted the burdens that illegals put on taxpayers and vowed to crack down aggressively. Mr. Clinton received a standing ovation for his remarks. There were few protests, if any. The media, Hollywood and Democrats were not outraged. Meryl Streep did not say the brown shirts were coming. Madonna didn’t threaten to burn the White House down. The Washington Post and other reporters did not write articles every day calling Mr. Clinton a racist or saying that he wanted to break up families.

President Obama and Democrats intentionally made the illegal immigration problem worse by refusing to enforce the laws. They intentionally did not try to address immigration problems when they had complete control of Congress and the White House in 2009 and 2010, showing that they want to keep immigration as a political issue. Mr. Obama sued Arizona for seeking to enforce immigration law, saying it was a federal issue. He then did nothing about sanctuary cities.

Democracy is not in danger because a president enforces immigration laws passed by Congress, including building the border wall (a version of which Obama, former Vice President Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton all voted), but is in extreme danger when politicians and the Department of Justice refuse to abide by their oaths to enforce the law.

JACK HELLNER

Springfield, Ill.

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