Secret Rahm memo to Clinton: Step up attack on immigrants. Be Nixon on crime.
The twelve-year limit on secrecy in the Clinton White House is over.
Now we get to see what Rahm told Clinton in the privacy of the Oval Office.
It’s not the image Rahm probably wants to have out there leading up to the 2015 election for Chicago Mayor.
A Nov. 20, 1996 memo from Emanuel to Clinton after Clinton won his second term.
“This is great,” Clinton wrote on the memo
Emanuel called for the President to expand immigration hearings in Illinois and six other states “to claim and achieve record deportations of criminal aliens.”
“The GOP Congress wants to fight the immigration issue out on government benefits. You want to take it to them on the workplace. The INS should be directed to expand the VIS to key industries, beyond meat-packers and poultry. Halfway through your term you want to claim a number of industries free of illegal immigrants.”
Emanuel told Clinton to use the National Guard “to secure key metropolitan areas along the border.”
Clinton liked the idea.
The memo included a one-month moratorium on naturalization of immigrants “to review past files for criminal misconduct.”
Emanuel recommended Clinton take a page from the corrupt law-breaking Nixon administration.
“Since Nixon’s Law and Order campaign, crime has been a staple in the GOP platform,” he said. “Over the past four years, your policies have redefined the issue and allowed Democrats to achieve parity. The question you now face is how do we build on the last four years?”