Republican critics are pointing to a 1993 speech by then-Nevada Sen. Harry Reid, in which the future Democrat Senate majority leader argued that “no sane country” would award citizenship to children of illegal immigrants born on its soil.
“If making it easy to be an illegal alien isn’t enough, how about offering a reward for being an illegal immigrant? No sane country would do that, right?” Reid said. “Guess again. If you break our laws by entering this country without permission and give birth to a child, we reward that child with U.S. citizenship and guarantee a full access to all public and social services this society provides. And that’s a lot of services.”
Within hours of the clip surfacing, Republican leaders were quick to highlight Democrats’ changing tune on immigration.