Advocating for strong border security was good politics and common sense — until Donald Trump decided to run for president and make it a central issue of his campaign.
We reported last week that last Thursday (Sept 29th) marked the 10-year anniversary of Hillary Clinton voting in favor of the construction of a 700-mile fence along the border.
Listen to her husband throughout his presidency and he doesn’t sound too much different from Trump, either.
During Tuesday’s vice presidential debate, Hillary’s running mate Sen. Tim Kaine attacked Gov. Mike Pence over Trump’s immigration plan, stating, “[Trump and Pence] want to go house to house, school to school, business to business, and kick out 16 million people. And I cannot believe that Gov. Pence would sit here and defend his running mate’s claim that we should create a deportation force so that they’ll all be gone.”
And guess what? Kaine, too, was completely fine with border security until Trump’s entrance into politics.
If you’ve seen Vice Presidential candidate Tim Kaine talk about illegal immigration recently it’s probably to attack Donald Trump for being too harsh. But earlier today Rich Weinstein, the guy who found many of those infamous videos of Jonathan Gruber talking about the ACA, uncovered this little seen 2012 interview in which Kaine talks tough about illegal immigration and the need for more border security:
“What I would do on the immigration, you know, comprehensive reform is this,” Kaine says. He continues, “I would require those who are here illegally to sort of raise their hand and come forward and say ‘we broke the law.’
“By admitting that you’re breaking the law you’re going to have that as a criminal violation, as a legal violation and you’re going to have to pay a penalty and it’s going to be a significant penalty that you will pay over a period of time, whether it’s a fine or whether it’s an escalated tax rate, you’re going to have to pay that. We would take that money that was being paid by those who have come here unlawfully and we would use it to increase border security.”
Kaine claims illegal immigration is down but reiterates, “I would take these fines paid by folks who are here and do even more border security to try to protect our borders.”
Hillary’s current plan for immigration reform doesn’t seem to involve any fine. Instead there is a pathway to citizenship and a commitment to continue supporting the DAPA and DACA programs which appear to be losing propositions at the Supreme Court.
And that’s hardly the only issue on which Kaine has flip-flopped. As HotAir’s John Sexton also found, “In 2005 he was a conservative who would defend traditional marriage and the sanctity of life! “These are my values and that’s what I believe” the clip ends. He should have added, ‘unless I get tapped for VP, then I’m willing to defend abortion all day long.’”
Who thought Hillary Clinton’s running mate would be just as principled as her? Everyone, probably.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]