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Once again, past Obama quote sounds strikingly like Trump on immigration

Another clip of former President Barack Obama discussing immigration reveals his position on the issue is not as far from President Donald Trump's as some on the left might want to believe. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Another clip of former President Barack Obama discussing immigration issues has surfaced, and once again Obama's words reveal a much more conservative stance on the issue than anything a Democrat is likely to say publicly today.

This clip is from 2014, when the former president sat down for a one-on-one interview with ABC News. Here's what he said then about Central American immigrants attempting to travel to the U.S.:

"Our message, absolutely, is don't send your children unaccompanied on trains or through a bunch of smugglers. We don't even know how many of these kids don't make it and may have been waylaid into sex trafficking or killed because they fell off a train. We have no way of tracking that, so that is our direct message to the families of Central America: Do not send your children to the borders. If they do make it, they'll get sent back. More importantly, they may not make it."

That message is notably similar to comments President Donald Trump has made about the migrant caravans attempting to travel to the U.S. from Central America. Trump has said the caravan needs to turn around.

"Please go back, you will not be admitted into the United States unless you go through the legal process," Trump wrote on Twitter on Monday.

Republicans recently pulled another Obama clip, this one from Obama's Senate days in 2005, in which the then-Senator Obama said "we simply cannot allow people to pour into the U.S., undetected, undocumented, unchecked and circumventing the line of people who are waiting patiently, diligently, lawfully to become immigrants in this country."

Harry Reid's change of heart

Obama's 2014 remarks resurfaced not long after former Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's previous thoughts on birthright citizenship came under scrutiny.

Reid said in 1993 that "no sane country" would grant birthright citizenship to the children of parents who did not have legal status in the United States.

"If making it easy to be an illegal alien isn't enough, how about offering a reward to be an illegal immigrant. No sane country would do that, right?" Reid said on the Senate floor in 1993.


Reid said Wednesday that he changed his stance on birthright citizenship after a talk with his wife, who reminded him that her father was an immigrant.

"She set me straight," Reid said.

Trump has said he plans to sign an executive order to end birthright citizenship, something many legal experts have doubts about his ability to do via EO.

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