Hillary Clinton used a staged “roundtable” talk with handpicked supporters on Tuesday in Nevada to tell them that the only “true solution” to illegal immigration is “nothing less than a full and equal path to citizenship.”
In other words, she plans to fix illegal immigration by making illegal immigrants legal.
Falling back on tried and true rhetoric, Clinton said immigration reform as a family issue and that she will focus on the need to bring “millions of hard-working people out of the shadows and into the formal economy so they can pay taxes and contribute to our nation’s prosperity.”
Oh yeah, and strengthen the United States border too.
Clinton listed immigration “reform” as one of her catchy “four fights” core goals on a bet that blanket citizenship for gatecrashers will be a “wedge issue” in the 2016 election with the Democrat party’s newly minted grievance group, Hispanic voters.
According to one of Clinton’s aides, “we cannot settle for proposals that provide hard-working people with merely a second-class status” as opposed to Republican hopefuls like former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio who back legalization but not citizenship. Her aide added:
“Whoever the Republican nominee is, they will have to go through the primary…” “And at best, they will have to support second class status for immigrants in order to get through that primary, which is a position that will be untenable in a general election.”
As an adherent to race income and gender politics, a Clinton aide noted that Hispanics are one of the fastest growing voting blocs in the nation making up 19.5% of eligible voters in 2008, 23.7% in 2012 and even more expected by 2016. Jorge Neri, Clinton’s organizing director in Nevada said:
“Immigration is one of the most important and motivating issues for Latinos. Latinos are more likely to go out into the streets to fight for immigration. It mobilizes people.”
Despite her newfound support for a “path to citizenship” for illegals, Clinton will be dogged by her previous illegal immigration stands unpopular with Hispanic leaders.
In 2008, she first opposed and then supported and then opposed driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants. This was followed by her “no win” pledge in 2008 to enact a pathway to legalization – but not citizenship – in her first 100 days of office.
This time around, she says she “supports state policies to provide driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants”…that the recent influx of illegal immigrant children should be repatriated to their families and that Hispanics should “vote for Democrats” in 2016 to get the best immigration reform deal possible.