Yesterday Hillary Clinton stepped far aside from the 2016 GOP presidential field in a call for comprehensive immigration reform that includes a pathway to citizenship for undocumented workers. Via ABC News:
She is the presumed favorite of Latino voters and, today in Las Vegas, Hillary Clinton doubled down on what is seen as a gateway issue for that voting bloc. She laid out her plan for comprehensive immigration reform at a campaign event—including a pathway to citizenship, willingness to take executive action, and reforming detention programs.
At a campaign event today, her third since announcing she’s running for president, Clinton made immigration reform a defining issue, and on Cinco de Mayo, no less. Latino leaders consulting her campaign have told ABC News that Clinton is looking for a way to clearly contrast herself with Republican presidential candidates by embracing the full path to citizenship rather than proposing a second class of Americans who can work in the United States but not enjoy the protection of citizenship.
Clinton made the argument that comprehensive immigration reform “strengthens families, strengthens our economy, and strengthens our country.” “That’s why we can’t wait any longer. We can’t wait any longer for a path to full and equal citizenship.” Clinton also took an aggressive stance against Republicans. “Now this is where I differ with everybody on the Republican side,” she said. “Make no mistakes. Today not a single Republican candidate – announced or potential – is clearly and consistently supporting a path to citizenship. Not one.” “When they talk about ‘legal status’ that is code for second-class status,” she added.
Clinton also promised to expand the DREAM program to include the undocumented parents of children born in the United States.