Hillary Clinton Silences Terrified Republicans With Aggressive Stance On Immigration

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The Republican response to Hillary Clinton’s call for a path to citizenship for immigrants who are in the United States illegally has been met with an awkward air of terrified silence from the Republican presidential candidates.

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During a roundtable in Nevada, former Sec. of State Clinton said:

If we claim that we are for families, we have to pull together and solve the outstanding issues around our broken immigration system. We can’t wait any longer for a path to full and equal citizenship.

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Make no mistakes, 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.

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I don’t understand how anyone can look at these young people and think that we should break up more families, or turn away more hard workers with talent to help us build the kind of country we all want to see. So I will fight for comprehensive immigration reform and a path to citizenship for you and for your families across our country. I will fight to stop partisan attacks on the executive actions that would put Dreamers, including those with us today, at risk of deportation, and if Congress continues to act, as president, I would do everything possible under the law to go even further.

Clinton directly called out Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush with her line about legal status being code for second class status, but the response from the Republican candidates has been silence. The only Republican response was a weak salvo from RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, who said, “Obviously she’s pretty good at pandering and flipping and flopping and doing and saying anything she needs to say.” The Clinton campaign was practically daring Jeb Bush to say something about immigration, but he can’t because he is already on shaky ground with Republican primary voters.

The reality for those who care about immigration reform is that Hillary Clinton’s statements were right in line with the feelings of a large majority of the Democratic Party. Immigration reform is an issue that offers a clear choice to voters. Democrats are discussing pathways to citizenship while Republicans are pushing deportation of 11 million people.

Republicans have fooled themselves into believing that they can attract Hispanic votes by having Jeb Bush speak a little Spanish, and Marco Rubio discuss his Cuban heritage. The surface appeals aren’t going to work with voters because it’s about the policies.

Former Sec. Clinton has Republicans running scared on immigration.

Immigration reform is the one issue that the Republican presidential candidates don’t want to talk about, but Hillary Clinton just forced them into the conversation.

28 Replies to “Hillary Clinton Silences Terrified Republicans With Aggressive Stance On Immigration”

  1. If there wasn’t a populist movement from the left that is gaining power and influence Hillary would not be taking these positions.

  2. Wrong. She supported the acts that preceded the DREAM act and then she was the co-sponser on the DREAM act in 2003, 2005, and 2007 and of course voted for it too.

    Also, her polling among Hispanics is 71% so she had them at Hello because they know her.

    Jeb gets 26%. Rubio wants to reverse relations (3 ferry boat companies approved in Florida today for tourists) with Cuba.

    Hillary was left of Obama statistically in 2007 (by the rating agencies of how liberal – conservative votes are)she is slightly behind Bernie, but then again, that means she would get things done, as she has always proven she does.

  3. Almost 5,000 Cubans have come ashore here in Miami since the first of the year, 8 men on a raft just a couple days ago. Not one Teabagger met them on the beach screaming or threatening them like they did the little children fleeing Central America. In fact they remain quiet as a mouse. Cubans get government assistance, food stamps and medicaid. After a year and a day they receive permanent status. All things Republicans despise and accuse Americans and every undocumented immigrant of being leeches and takers for receiving.
    Rubio keeps mum on the issue because he risks alienation from both sides if he says anything.
    The Republicans accuse Democrats of being lenient of illegals because they somehow register and vote for the Democratic Party. Why are they willing to look the other way for Cubans, and why are they so willing to accept wet foot/dry foot?

  4. I wish somebody would let the republicans know that Hillary is not pandering to get votes. You know, she has a record to check and yet somehow people always are wrong about her positions. A very long and detailed record that has been sifted through with a fine tooth comb for decades without true scandal found anywhere. And she has gone on record, in writing on her positions for decade with very little change, just the amount of change most of us have over a period of many decades and society changing.

    They are going to push Hillary to the left. That makes me laugh. She is a liberal. She was a liberal working her heart out for McGovern before these kids were even born. She’s the real deal. Bill was more left and he did move center to accomplish things. She never did. Listen to her say the same thing for decades and pretend she panders. sheesh.

    Thanks for your positive articles about her. I appreciate it a lot and it is one of the reasons I comment here.

  5. Really Rin? Do you want to back up your assertions with some links? If it wasn’t for our next President, Bernie Sanders being in the race Hillary would continue on in her DLC/republican light stances.

  6. Populist, progressive, liberal, democrat, centrist – all titles and labels. Edwards was populist they say. Meh, not so good as a VP candidate and disaster running for President.

    I don’t care what they call her. Listen to her and more importantly read what she has done, research her and her accomplishments.

    I have no problem with Bernie. If anything happens to her, he would get my vote. That said, he has a snowballs chance in hell of winning any state except Vt. She proved the big states would support her big time.

  7. She can, to quote Keith Ablow out of context, “provoke, provoke, provoke”.
    The haters are going to hate anyway. It is the useless but expensive product of the hate Clintons industry.
    The Republican candidates are too busy trying to nail down the last angry white bigot in Iowa.
    They lose a lot of valuable time in the meaningless exercise of wishing away the inevitable 3rd reign of Bush.
    She will set the agenda and frame the issues for the next presidential election, while the opposition wallows in delusion.

  8. Thank you, Rin. OK. I’ll go along with you that Hillary is sincere on immigration. I do not trust her, and if she wins the nomination I will be holding my nose as I mark my ballot for her as a vote against the republican. Bernie Sanders is the real deal. Hillary is pandering to the left, and I will stand by that.

  9. I will speak of the Elephant in the room: Migrant Workers/Illegal Immigrants have been taken advantage of for generations here in the U.S.

    When I was a kid, I earned money, doing the very self same jobs that many illegals do now.

    Businesses have metastasized upon the exploitation of same. Often they are held up as “working the jobs no American will do”- totally not mentioning the Obvious: No American will bust their butts working at sub-minimum wage, in such conditions/exposed to non-organic chemicals.

    And all the while Republicans have looked the other way whilst businesses exploited them and we got used to the cheaper prices, just so that we could be a throw-away society.

    If we enforced Worker Safety and Worker Pay laws, we’d not have such a ‘problem’ with the so-called ‘illegal’ immigrants.

  10. Although Senator Barack Obama was THE most courageous Democratic Presidential nominee in 2007 to speak out and say that he was FOR giving undocumented working immigrants a driver’s license and Senator Clinton was not, politicians need to change their views for the greater good of the country and her people when the people change their views.

    Hillary Clinton has done that, just as President Obama has done it a couple of times. Republicans continue to refuse.

    I won’t hold it against her that she had a different view back in 2007 because AMERICA had a different view back then. NOW the majority of us have come together to support a path to citizenship for our fellow Americans who are still in the shadows. Were the immigration system not so broken; were corporations not so greedy; were Republicans not being such &^$$7#, we would have had comprehensive immigration reform today.

    It’s high time we bring our fellow Americans-without-papers out of the shadows.

  11. All I have to say is I am glad we have nominees that are speaking out on real issues that need to be addressed. Meanwhile the stupid party is talking about the invasion of TexASS.

  12. Look how the poultry industry were, and may still be, using the illegal immigrants to work for them and the Repubs looked the other way. They didn’t give a damn about those people and the conditions and low pay those people were trying to survive on. Now it has come back to bite the corporations and the Redums in the ass! Now Hispanics are voting and are making their voices heard. They know how the Right sees them and they will vote to help get rid of the Republican rubbish that seeks to constantly take advantage of all the middle class.

  13. As your friendly Republican troll on this website, please know we are anything but terrified of Hillary. We are hoping she is the Democrat nominee. I think we would more fearful of Bernie because he ignites the fire of the base.

  14. And just how, pray tell, Mrs Clinton, will full amnesty end the present immigration-magnet to avoid yet another massive build up of millions of illegal aliens like the present one ten years down the road? We know from the last full amnesty granted in 1986, we cannot secure our borders while creating incentives for those who illegally cross them. You do want to secure our borders; don’t you, Mrs. Clinton?

    Comprehensive immigration reform involves common sense and pragmatism, thus not popular in many circles. Therefore, be forewarned, no politician will seriously discuss real immigration reform while on the campaign trail, but they will talk it to death and make promises they have no intention of keeping.

  15. David, The thing is we have 95,000 miles of border in the US. When they say “build a wall” I always think “yeah, right, sure”. Securing the border also means airspace too. Vast.

    Reform is a challenge and yes, complicated, but to not do anything is not a solution.

  16. in reply to Jak.

    If such is true, then why do so many Republicans get so bent out of shape over the very thought of President Hillary?

    Me thinks thou doth protest a mite too much.

  17. Seal the border, seal the border. I think I will screen the next time I hear that ridiculous phrase.

    Just HOW, pray tell is that going to be accomplished? We would have to quintuple the Border Patrol and even that wouldn’t do it. Build a fence 50 ft. high and they will tunnel under it – the tunnels are already there in fact. Fill them in, and they will dig more. How about land mines? Lots of ’em.

    Duct tape?

  18. Coastal and land borders. Of course it is impossible. And even if they covered a tiny percent of the border it could be violated.

    That was my point, Moon.

  19. Yep, they use that idea to keep their voters in fear. It was never considered for a single second as a rational idea by anyone, not even the lunatics that were yelling it on the campaign trails to scare Fox news viewers.

    Intelligence gathering and diplomacy work better than imaginary fence building.

  20. The xenophobic Republican presidential candidate will be lucky to get 25% of the Hispanic vote this coming election in 2016.

  21. Did you know that the poultry industry is sending USA grown chickens 9000 miles to Red China for processing and then another 9000 miles back to the USA for distribution. You’d think this would be too costly, but labor is so very cheap that they are still making a profit, and I bet eventually any meat that is not sold whole will be processed in Red China. All but one Tuna cannery company has been moved off shore. Chicken of the Sea is still canned in Southern California, but I’ll bet not for long. Congress mandated that all meat products be labeled the country of origin, but no mandate was issued requiring a label indicating where the meat product has been processed (cut, boned, cleaned, cooked, canned etc.). Our economy is getting very scary.

  22. Did you know that the poultry industry is sending USA grown chickens 9000 miles to Red China for processing and then another 9000 miles back to the USA for distribution. You’d think this would be too costly, but labor is so very cheap that they are still making a profit, and I bet eventually any meat that is not sold whole will be processed in Red China. All but one Tuna cannery company has been moved off shore. Chicken of the Sea is still canned in Southern California, but I’ll bet not for long. Congress mandated that all meat products be labeled the country of origin, but no mandate was issued requiring a label indicating where the meat product has been processed (cut, boned, cleaned, cooked, canned etc.). Our economy is getting very scary.

  23. I’m not a Clinton fan by any means, but this is really impressive:

    “Make no mistakes, 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’s right; it’s code. But in the face of this attack poseurs like Rubio and Bush are going to have to say something much more clearly.

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