Students at American University reacted unfavorably to calls for increased border security to stem the flow of illegal immigrants, expressing shock that prominent Democrats have agreed with the idea in the past.

Campus Reform's Cabot Phillips visited the university's Washington, D.C. campus amid the ongoing border funding battle and partial government shutdown.

He presented students with several quotes that sounded a lot like President Trump's speeches, but actually came from then-Senator Barack Obama, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Hillary Clinton -- including:

“Illegal Immigration is wrong, plain and simple. Until the American people are convinced we will stop future flows of illegal immigration, we will make no progress.” - Schumer, 2009

“We simply cannot allow people to pour into the United States undetected, undocumented and unchecked” - Obama, 2005

“I voted numerous times when I was a senator to spend money to build a barrier to try to prevent illegal immigrants from coming in. And I do think you have to control your borders.” -  Clinton, 2015

Students described the quotes as “dehumanizing,” “problematic” and “jingoist," with one student dubbing it "hateful speech" and another claiming the comments contained "racial biases."

The were in for a surprise, however, when Phillips informed that prominent Democrats actually made the remarks.



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On "Fox & Friends" Wednesday, Phillips, Campus Reform's media director, said he was not surprised by the students' knee-jerk negative reactions to quotes they thought were from Trump, because he has seen a similar trend on college campuses across the country.

"They judge what they hear based not on the facts, not the quotes themselves, not on the ideas, but based on who they think are saying those ideas," Phillips said.

"I think they probably made up their mind on his speech last night before actually listening to the merit of it, as well. And that's how this radical environment happens, that's how this polarization happens -- when people make up their mind on people and not on the actual issues."

Watch the interview above, and see more at Campus Reform.


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