Campus Reform’s Cabot Phillips read students the following quote, telling them it came from “a president”:
We are a nation of laws. Undocumented workers broke our immigration laws, and I believe that they must be held accountable, especially those who may be dangerous. That’s why over the past six years deportations of criminals are up 80 percent, and that’s why we’re going to keep focusing on threats to our security.
“I think that policy comes from a place of white American nationalism,” one student replied.
Another said, “Donald Trump has embraced this rhetoric of racism and xenophobia that’s not beneficial to our country at all.”
“I don’t think that quote stands true,” another student stated.
Another said, “It’s just really awful.”
“Crimes do not nullify your humanity. And people are coming here in search of opportunity,” explained another student.
Then, Phillips played a clip of President Obama in 2014 where he made that statement.
“I thought it was the Trump administration that said something like that,” one student replied.
Another was shocked it was Obama, “I didn’t expect it to be Obama… it never occurred to me that it could be him.”
“It’s quite surprising. I thought that was from Trump,” another said.
“My understanding of Obama vs Trump is that Obama was more liberal as far as amnesty… I expected that quote to come from Trump,” another student said.