Hillary Clinton made a surprising policy announcement when she said that President Obama’s executive actions on amnesty for some illegal immigrants doesn’t go far enough to “strengthen families and communities”, and “we can’t wait any longer for a path to full and equal citizenship.”
Speaking at a Nevada school in front of many new Hispanic-Americans, Mrs. Clinton vowed to shield more immigrants from the threat of deportation, specifically for the parents of children who were brought to the U.S. illegally. Obama’s latest immigration directive to the Department of Homeland Security only protects those who have been in the country for more than five years AND have children who are either citizens or permanent residents.
The promise to grant amnesty for even more than the estimated 5 million people under the President’s current program drew only mild criticism from 3 Republican presidential contenders. Scott Walker called Clinton’s plan, “unfair to hardworking Americans”, while Ted Cruz was a bit more explicit, saying that it would “continue the lawlessness that is dividing our country.” Mike Huckabee was more evasive, only commenting that, “you’ve got to have a secure border before you start talking about what you’re going to do.”
The whole issue of immigration policy among the 2016 candidates seems to be politically-driven now, as they try to court votes from fast growing ethnic groups. In 2012, an estimated 71 percent of Hispanics and 73 percent of Asians voted for Obama.
The last time Republicans won a national election in 2004, the Democratic candidate only won 53 percent and 56 percent of those two groups, respectively.
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