The Secure Fence Act of 2006 was a bill providing for the construction of 700 miles of double-fencing along the US-Mexico border – and Barack Obama, Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton all put their hands up and voted ‘yea.’
On October 26, 2006, President George W. Bush signed the Secure Fence Act of 2006 into law stating, “This bill will help protect the American people. This bill will make our borders more secure. It is an important step toward immigration reform.“
Having voted in favor of passing the bill, Barack Obama, Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton were all in agreement with President Bush.
Ten years later, this may be hard to believe. But the truth is the three senior Democrats were once in favor of Donald Trump’s controversial plan. Considering they have flip flopped on the election campaign’s most contentious issue, can the moral indignation they have directed at Trump really be taken seriously?
In the Miami Democratic primary debate, Clinton mocked Trump’s plan to build a order wall.
“First of all – as I understand him – he’s talking about a very tall wall, right? A beautiful tall wall,‘ Clinton said, as she channeled Dr. Seuss and laughter rang out. “The most beautiful tall wall, better than the Great Wall of China,” Clinton mocked, “that would run the entire border, that he would magically get the Mexican government to pay for – and it’s just fantasy!”
Yet Hillary voted for this “fantasy” in 2006. In fact, before the current election season, she even boasted about voting to build a border wall.
Barack Obama has also attempted to disparage Trump’s plan for a border wall, referring to the idea as “half-baked” and “wacky.”
“I’m getting questions constantly from foreign leaders about some of the, err, wackier suggestions that have been made,” Obama told reporters, neglecting to mention that he once voted in the Senate to pass this “wacky” idea into law.
Proponents of the 2006 bill, including Obama, Biden, and Clinton, believed that it would “diminish vehicle transport of illegal immigrants, encouraging those who want to enter the country to pursue legal channels. This would decrease the number of apprehensions of illegal immigrants, by physically reducing their numbers.” They also believed it would “diminish the illegal drug trade pouring into the US from Mexico as well as provide additional protection from terrorist entry into the country.“
So what changed in the ten years since 2006 to turn a good idea worthy of a ‘yea’ vote into a “half-baked, wacky fantasy?” Do the three Democrats even believe what they are saying when they paint Trump as dangerous for espousing his ideas?