Did Bill Clinton Forget About Snatching Elian Gonzalez At Gunpoint?
Former President William J. Clinton sent a sanctimonious tweet this morning meant to criticize President Donald J. Trump’s stance on illegal immigration.
“On this Father’s Day I’m thinking of the thousands of children separated from their parents at the border,” Clinton said. “These children should not be a negotiating tool. And reuniting them with their families would reaffirm America’s belief in & support for all parents who love their children.”
Right on cue, FOX News contributor Stephen Miller stepped in, responding “Sure bro,” and attaching a picture of the Border Patrol Tactical Unit (BORTAC) busting into the home where Elian Gonzalez was staying in 2000.
Gonzalez garnered massive press coverage when, as a young boy, Clinton’s Attorney General, Janet Reno ordered the him returned to Cuba to live with his father.
Gonzalez’s mother had drowned when he and twelve others fled Cuba for the United States in an aluminum boat. The ensuing custody battle was vicious, as Gonzalez’s family members in Miami fought against his deportation back to Cuba. Ultimately, the Clinton Administration signed off on the deportation and snatched Gonzalez at gunpoint in a pre-dawn raid on Easter Sunday, April 22, 2000. A three-judge federal panel then ruled that Gonzalez could not be deported until he had an asylum hearing. He was barred from receiving asylum on June 1 and sent away.
Now that Trump is president, Clinton wants to play the “moral superiority” card for political purposes. But Americans are not stupid. They remember that Clinton was notoriously hawkish on borders, at least in his rhetoric.
“We are a nation of immigrants, but ultimately we are a nation of laws,” said Clinton in his 1995 State of Union address, mirroring Trump’s immigration stance nearly word for word.
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“[Citizens] are rightly disturbed by the large numbers of illegal aliens entering our country,” Clinton said. “The jobs they hold might otherwise be held by citizens or legal immigrants. The public service they use impose burdens on our taxpayers.”
Clinton went on to brag about his record hiring of border patrol agents promise faster deportations in the same speech.
It looks like Clinton has had a politically expedient change of heart.