During a roundtable event in Nevada on Tuesday, Hillary Clinton called for a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants in the U.S. and praised President Obama for his executive action on immigration.
“If we claim that we are for families, we have to pull together and solve the outstanding issues around our broken immigration system,” she said. “We can’t wait any longer for a path to full and equal citizenship.”
Clinton expressed a strong disapproval of policies proposed by Republicans that included setting a minimum number of immigrants that officials must detain per night, saying that the government should only detain those who “have a record of violent, illegal behavior.”
“That just makes no sense at all to me,” she said. “That’s not the way that we should be running any detention facility.” Her criticism of GOP views on immigration went even further during the roundtable, as she blasted Republicans for seeking “second-class status” as opposed to legal status for immigrants.
“Make no mistakes, today not a single Republican candidate — announced or potential — is clearly or consistently supporting a path to citizenship,” Clinton said.
When it came to President Obama’s executive orders, the former Secretary of State assured supporters that she planned to “do everything possible under the law to go even further,” if she was elected president in 2016.
“He had to act in the face of inaction that was not on the merits but politically motivated for partisan reasons,” she said.
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