“Just because your child gets across the border, that doesn’t mean the child gets to stay.”
A CNN video from 2014 has resurfaced and shows what appears to be a different view on immigration of children from Hillary Clinton.
Speaking to CNN’s Christiane Amanpour about the waves of unaccompanied minors coming in to the US at that time, Clinton actually thought the laws of the land meant something and supported comprehensive immigration reform.
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“We have so to send a clear message, just because your child gets across the border, that doesn’t mean the child gets to stay. So, we don’t want to send a message that is contrary to our laws or will encourage more children to make that dangerous journey,” she told Amanpour who asked about the “thousands of children” coming across the border.
“So, you’re saying they should be sent back now?” Amanpour asked.
“Well, they should be sent back as soon as it can be determined who responsible adults in their families are, because there are concerns whether all of them should be sent back,” Clinton responded. “But I think all of them who can be should be reunited with their families.”
But the former secretary of state seemed to be singing a different tune the following year as she became a vocal advocate of immigration, especially the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, which protected the children who entered the country illegally with family.
While the GOP focuses on villifying immigrants, Hillary will fight to protect DACA/DAPA and pass comprehensive immigration reform.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 14, 2015
Thanks to DREAMers’ courage & resolve, #DACA has allowed thousands of young people to contribute to our society. We’re better for it. -H
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 15, 2015
The 5th Circuit is wrong on immigration. SCOTUS should uphold DACA/DAPA so millions of families can stop living in fear. -H
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) November 10, 2015
Clinton was specifically referring to children who were fleeing violence in Central American countries during her CNN interview, and not the “Dreamers” of the DACA policy.
“The numbers are increasing dramatically. And the main reason I believe why that’s happening is that the violence in certain of those Central American countries is increasing dramatically,” she told Amanpour. “And there is not sufficient law enforcement or will on the part of the governments of those countries to try to deal with this exponential increase in violence, drug trafficking, the drug cartels, and many children are fleeing from that violence.”
“Should they be able to stay here? It’s safer,” Amanpour asked.
“Well — it may be safer but that’s not the answer,” Clinton replied.
As far as DACA is concerned, many are here with their illegal parents or are grown. So, it would be safe to assume that the “old” Hillary would agree they should head on back.
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