Old Reid speech revived

A right wing website has dug up an old Harry Reid speech and is drawing attention to it.

In the 1993 Senate floor remarks, Reid said, according to the video posted by TheRightScoop.com:

“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? 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 of full access to all public and social services this society provides, and that's a lot of services. Is it any wonder that two-thirds of the babies born at taxpayer expense in county-run hospitals in Los Angeles are born to illegal—.” The tape ends there.

The speech was apparently made when Reid introduced S. 1351, a statutory change that would have limited citizenship to the children of mothers who were U.S. citizens or were legally residing in the United States.

The date on the tape appears to be Sept. 20, 1993, the first year of the Clinton administration. Reid was in the first year of his second Senate term and was still six years away from entering the leadership as assistant majority leader. Reid had been reelected in 1992 in an 11 percent point landslide over Republican Demar Dahl.

The websites critical of Reid say he has done an about face. Of course, so has the Republican Party, which was trying to get itself straight on the issue of immigration until Donald Trump came along.