For decades, leading figures in the GOP went out of their way to sound a compassionate note when it came to immigration policy. In recent years that rhetoric fell out of line with where the Republican base was, giving Trump the opportunity of a lifetime in 2016.
As Repubicans attack Biden over immigration, let us not forget:
Nixon said there should be no “fence” on the border.
Shrub Bush proposed immigration reform, which was defeated by Republicans.