In a tweet on Wednesday, President Donald Trump highlighted that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s estranged position on illegal immigration very similar to Trump’s own, in the recent past, the Western Journal reported.
Trump quoted Schumer from a 2009 speech he gave at Georgetown University Law School.
“People who enter the United States without our permission are illegal aliens and illegal aliens should not be treated the same as people who entered the U.S. legally,” Schumer said.
“People who enter the United States without our permission are illegal aliens and illegal aliens should not be treated the same as people who entered the U.S. legally.” Chuck Schumer in 2009, before he went left and haywire! @foxandfriends
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 15, 2018
“Illegal immigration is wrong, plain and simple,” Schumer emphasized during his remarks.
“Until the American people are convinced that we will stop future flows of illegal immigration, we will make no progress in dealing with the millions of illegal immigrants who are here now and on rationalizing our system of legal immigration.”
“Schumer also argued the only way to garner the needed public support to pass new legislation is to convince Americans that lawmakers view illegal immigration as wrong.”
“When we use phrases like undocumented workers, we convey a message to the American people that their government is not serious about combating illegal immigration, which the American people overwhelmingly oppose,” he said.
“If you don’t think it’s illegal, you’re not going to say it. I think it is illegal and wrong. We have to change it,” the senator said.
In January, Schumer announced his heavy opposition to Trump’s plan, wanting DACA handled as a stand-alone issue.