December 14, 2015

The Clinton Clean-up Effort On Immigration Reform Continues

Today, Hillary Clinton will continue the difficult work of trying to make everyone forget about her inconsistent record on immigration. Today’s effort will include a speech to the National Immigrant Integration Conference, and the endorsement of Clinton by Rep. Luis Gutierrez. Clinton’s past record is so poor that her own campaign admits that Gutierrez only considered endorsing her after she started shifting to the left on immigration. As BuzzFeed reported:

A Clinton aide attributed the congressman’s support to the campaign’s focus on immigration since, in the spring, when Clinton rolled out a more progressive stance on the issue.

Clinton’s clean-up work on immigration reform has been strenuous since she has so many positions that she has to “correct.”

Illegal Immigration

2003’s Hillary Clinton: “I am, you know, adamantly against illegal immigration.”

2015’s Hillary Clinton: “Hillary Clinton said Tuesday that her use of the term ‘illegal immigrant’ at a town hall in New Hampshire earlier this month was a ‘poor choice of words’… As I’ve said throughout this campaign, the people at the heart of this issue are children, parents, families, DREAMers. They have names, and hopes and dreams that deserve to be respected.”

Comprehensive Immigration Reform

2007’s Hillary Clinton: In June 2007, Clinton voted for the Dorgan amendment that has been blamed for effectively killing comprehensive immigration reform efforts.

2015’s Hillary Clinton: “I think that a comprehensive path to citizenship to reform our immigration system is the only answer.”

Driver’s Licenses

2007’s Hillary Clinton: “I just want to add, I did not say that [giving illegal immigrants a drivers license] should be done.”

2015’s Hillary Clinton: “‘Hillary supports state policies to provide drivers licenses to undocumented immigrants. This is consistent with her support for the president’s executive action,’ a Clinton campaign spokesperson told The Washington Post Thursday.”