Like many politicians, Hillary Clinton has been on the political scene long enough that she’s flip-flopped on flip-flopping.Many of her positions have “conveniently” changed with public opinion over the years. Whether it be on gay marriage, NAFTA, the Keystone pipeline, gun control, war — she can’t seem to keep a consistent stance on anything.
Ironically, one of those issues on which she’s flip-flopped is one that would’ve had her branded a racist xenophobe had her name been “Donald Trump.”Via the Daily Caller:
Thursday marks the ten-year anniversary of the day Hillary Clinton voted in favor of building a 700-mile fence along the Mexican border, intended to stop illegal immigration.
The Secure Fence Act of 2006’s stated purpose was to check the flow of illegal immigrants, drugs, and other illegal goods into the U.S. by erecting a double-layer fence along large swaths of the border. The law also generally increased funding for border security, authorizing funds for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to purchase cameras, drones, and other assets.At the time, Hillary Clinton said the law was the only possible fix to a seemingly endless torrent of illegal immigrants entering the U.S.
“There isn’t any sensible approach except to do what we need to do simultaneously: you know, secure our borders with technology and personnel, physical barriers if necessary in some places,” she told the Council on Foreign Relations.
For once, Secretary Clinton and I agree!
At the time, providing a stronger barrier to illegal entry wasn’t quite as controversial, and the measure was able to easily pass Congress and get President George W. Bush’s signature. On September 29, 2006, the measure passed the Senate by an 80-19 margin, with even Democrats voting 26-17 in favor. Like Clinton, then-Sen. Barack Obama also voted in favor of the fence.Clinton has defended her prior vote by saying her vote helped to secure the border, but now no further construction is needed because the border has been secured. There is little evidence that is the case, though, as a 2007 amendment gave DHS leeway to substantially weaken the fence so that it was much less effective at blocking crossings. Even now, hundreds of thousands of people illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border each year, a drop from the early 2000s but still an immense number.
A decade later, Clinton opposes Trump finishing the job. She’s mocked his “beautiful wall” during the Democrat primary debates, and has stated that we should “imagine a tomorrow where, instead of building walls, we’re breaking down barriers.”
[Note: This article was written by The Analytical Economist]