The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

Things change. Matt Welch, editor-in-chief of Rea­son mag­a­zine, re­cently re­vis­ited the of­fi­cial 1996 Demo­cratic Party plat­form and cited the party’s immigration pol­icy at the time, Here is a por­tion:

“We must re­main a na­tion of laws. We can­not tol­er­ate illegal immigration and we must stop it,” the lengthy doc­u­ment states, not­ing, “Crim­i­nal im­mi­grants, de­ported af­ter com­mit­ting crimes in Amer­ica, re­turn the very next day to com­mit crimes again.”

The doc­u­ment later con­tin­ues, “Democrats want to pro­tect Amer­i­can jobs by in­creas­ing crim­i­nal and civil sanc­tions against em­ploy­ers who hire illegal work­ers … We con­tinue to firmly op­pose wel­fare ben­e­fits for illegal im­mi­grants. We be­lieve fam­ily mem­bers who spon­sor im­mi­grants into this coun­try should take fi­nan­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity for them, and be held legally re­spon­si­ble for sup­port­ing them.”

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