Many college students take issue with President Donald Trump’s immigration policies, at times labeling them as racist. Cabot Phillips of Campus Reform headed to a college campus and shared a quote that most of the students assumed was said by Trump. In reality, the quote was from former President Barack Obama, something that startled the students.
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In 2014, according to a report by Fox News, Obama held an immigration address from the White House. During the speed, Obama described his administration’s policy on deportation.
“We are a nation of laws,” said Obama. “Undocumented workers broke our immigration laws, and I believe that they must be held accountable, especially those who may be dangerous.”
“That’s why, over the past six years, deportations of criminals are up 80 percent, and that’s why we’re going to keep focusing on threats to our security.”
Phillips went to Georgetown University and shared the quote with various students. Many of the college students assumed the statement was made by Trump and quickly criticized its message.
“I think that policy comes from a place of white American nationalism,” said one student.
Another took Trump to task for “embracing this rhetoric of racism and xenophobia that’s not beneficial to our country at all.”
When the students learned that it was Obama, not Trump, who made the statement, they were surprised.
Phillips stated that his takeaway from the experience was that young people have been “radicalized” on the illegal immigration issue.
“I think you could attribute a Mother Teresa quote to Donald Trump and many college students would say that’s evil and that’s coming from a place of hatred,” said Phillips.
“It’s very sad to see just how intent people are on opposing everything [Trump] does,” he added. “And also I think it shows how quickly the left has radicalized on immigration.”
“Five years ago what every person could agree was reasonable, deporting people that had broken the law again and committed the crimes, now that’s considered racist.”