Hillary Clinton on ImmigrationClinton supports a path to citizenship and deportation protection for illegal immigrants. She criticizes Republicans for advocating “legal status”, which she reads as code for “second-class status”.
HILLARY CLINTON: “We claim that we are for families. We have to pull together and resolve the outstanding issues around our broken immigration system. The American people support comprehensive immigration reform, not just because it's the right thing to do (and it is), but because they know it 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. Now this is where I differ with everybody on the Republican side. 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. 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 refuse to act, as President I would do everything possible under the law to go even further.”
5 May, 2015: Clinton addresses undocumented immigrants at a high school