Former President Barack Obama had another interview resurface that shows him appearing to be in agreement with one of President Donald Trump’s policies.
Last week, a video surfaced of Obama from his days as an Illinois senator. In that clip, the former president said:
“We simply cannot allow people to pour into the United States undetected, undocumented, unchecked, and circumventing the line of people who are waiting patiently, diligently, and lawfully to become immigrants in this country.”
Watch the video below:
I agree with President Obama 100%! pic.twitter.com/PI3aW1Zh5Q
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 23, 2018
Now, a much more recent clip of Obama has surfaced. It came from an interview the former president did in 2014 after an influx of unaccompanied minors had been making their way to the United States.
During this crisis, thousands of unaccompanied minors entered the United States and were held in detention centers. This story resurfaced earlier this year when Trump was blamed for photos taken in 2014 of children in cages.
In the interview with ABC News, Obama echoed many of the same warnings that Trump has issued.
Watch the video below:
Obama to migrants from Latin America in 2014: "Do not send your children to the borders. If they do make it, they'll get sent back." pic.twitter.com/lDRT36KKdi
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) October 31, 2018
“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 in 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.”
This is the same message many in the Trump administration have been sending to the pending migrant caravan:
To those in the Caravan, turnaround, we are not letting people into the United States illegally. Go back to your Country and if you want, apply for citizenship like millions of others are doing!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 25, 2018
Vice President Mike Pence also warned the caravan about the dangers of the trip.
“Don’t put your families at risk by taking the dangerous journey north to attempt to enter the United States illegally,” he said.
The sentiment of the statements from both Obama and Trump holds true. The voyage from Central America to the United States is not a risk-free journey, and the law requires that migrants be turned away.