Even Bill Clinton says there’s a ‘limit’ to how many migrants US can take: Ex-President breaks with Dems – but slams Republican ‘stunts’ of sending migrants north
Former President Bill Clinton said the U.S. has a ‘limit’ to how many migrants it can take into the country and said there are are some who ‘game’ the system.
‘There is a limit to how many migrants any society can take without severe disruption and assistance, and our system is based much more on an assumption that things would be more normal,’ the former president said, referencing record border crossings.
Border agents have encountered more than 2.1 million border crossings this fiscal year, the highest number ever recorded in Department of Homeland Security (DHS) history. There were 203,000 crossings in August.
On a CNN podcast with host Fareed Zakaria, Clinton recalled immigration of his youth, when Mexican migrants would crossed back and forth at the border to work in agriculture, and it ‘worked for people.’
Former President Bill Clinton said the U.S. has a ‘limit’ to how many migrants it can take into the country and said there are are some who ‘game’ the system
‘It’s an old story, but now you’ve got the largest number of refugees since World War II because of Syria and now Ukraine and other problems,’ he said.
He also noted the rise in migrants from Venezuela, while firing off shots at Texas Gov. Greg Abbott for busing migrants to Washington, D.C., New York and Chicago.
‘What’s happening in Venezuela, more than 2 million refugees pouring into first Colombia then nearby countries, has created unprecedented new challenges and meanwhile provides opportunities for stunts like Gov. Abbott’s — sending his refugees to some place that he thinks is advocating for a broad-minded policy that it doesn’t have to live with,’ he said.
Texas has bussed more than 10,000 migrants to blue cities, and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey have followed suit.
The Democratic former president also took a shot at DeSantis’ chartered plane that brought 50 migrants to Martha’s Vineyard.
Clinton also noted the rise in migrants from Venezuela, while firing off shots at Texas Gov. Greg Abbott for busing migrants to Washington, D.C., New York and Chicago.
Venezuelan migrants prepare to walk along the U.S. Border fence after crossing the Rio Grande from Mexico to turn themselves in to the U.S. Border Patrol on September 22
Venezuelan migrants hug as they reach the U.S. border fence to turn themselves in to the U.S. Border Patrol after crossing the Rio Grande from Mexico
‘DeSantis sending those people to Martha’s Vineyard was amazing. That may come back to haunt him a little bit,’ Clinton predicted.
Clinton, 76, has long been further to the right on immigration – and a number of other matters- than most Democrats of today.
He said in his 1996 state of the union address: ‘There are some areas that the federal government should not leave and should address and address strongly. One of these areas is the problem of illegal immigration. After years of neglect, this administration has taken a strong stand to stiffen the protection of our borders. We are increasing border controls by 50 percent. We are increasing inspections to prevent the hiring of illegal immigrants. And tonight, I announce I will sign an executive order to deny federal contracts to businesses that hire illegal immigrants.’