Well, if you'd written all those op-eds 20 years ago wouldn't you want to use them again?
Saves time and no one (that you care about) will notice. Probably was retrieved by an intern and transmitted without any actual thinking.
Really, this AWB is just recycling the same noise from the runup to the Clinton AWB. It's the same instigators with the same story speaking to the same reporters asserting the same incorrect facts.