If you are in favor of the current administration’s immigration policies, it appears Democrat presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton is promising more of the same, pledging Tuesday to take further executive actions if Congress fails to pass comprehensive immigration reform and accused Republicans of advocating to give undocumented workers “second class status”, according to NBC News.
“If Congress refuses to act, as president, I would do everything possible under the law to go even further,” Clinton said during a campaign stop in Las Vegas.
Clinton said it is time for “a path to full and equal citizenship” and dismissed competing proposals that would give undocumented immigrants a limited time-frame to remain in the country legally.
Her remarks were made after a meeting at Rancho High School in Las Vegas, which is 70 percent Hispanic. One notable student attending the round table was Betsaida Frausto, a junior with a 4.8 grade point average and wants to study medicine a Yale.
“I don’t understand how anyone can look at these young people and think we should break up more families or turn away more hard workers with talent to help us build the kind of country we all want to see,” Clinton said. “So I will fight for comprehensive immigration reform and a path to citizenship for you and for your families across our country.”
President Barack Obama, who took executive actions giving temporary legal status to millions of illegal immigrants, is in a political showdown with Congressional Republicans who say he overstepped his Constitutional authority.
Dealing with the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants is proving to be a key issue in the early stages of the 2016 campaign with many republican candidates calling it “amnesty” and saying it threatens American works and ignores the law.
“Today not a single Republican candidate either announced or potential is clearly and consistently supporting a path to citizenship, not one,” Clinton said at Rancho High School. “When they talk about legal status, that is code for second class status.”