Hillary’s Hostile Hypocrisy on Illegal Immigrants

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  • AUDIO: CLINTON: “… I am, you know, adamantly against illegal immigrants.” CLINTON: “We’ve got to do several things and I am, you know, adamantly against illegal immigrants. I made this exception basically on humanitarian grounds because of the individual story but certainly we’ve got to do more at our borders. And people have to stop employing illegal immigrants. Come up to Westchester, go to Suffolk and Nassau counties, stand in the street corners in Brooklyn or the Bronx – you’re going to see loads of people waiting to get picked up to go do yard work and construction work and domestic work.” (Hillary Clinton, John Gambling Radio Show, February 2003)

o   AUDIO: CLINTON: “… we’ve got to do more at our borders. And people have to stop employing illegal immigrants.” (Hillary Clinton, John Gambling Radio Show, February 2003)

o   AUDIO: CLINTON: “Come up to Westchester, go to Suffolk and Nassau counties, stand in the street corners in Brooklyn or the Bronx – you’re going to see loads of people waiting to get picked up to go do yard work and construction work and domestic work.” (Hillary Clinton, John Gambling Radio Show, February 2003)

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Toughening border security and building barriers:

  • VIDEO: CLINTON: “…you’ve got to toughen border security. You can’t continue to have open borders. And you’ve gotta put more personnel and technology along the borders to make sure we know who’s coming into our country and prevent people from entering illegally. I think everybody should agree with that.” CLINTON: “So here’s what I would do. I believe you’ve gotta have comprehensive immigration reform, you can’t pull out one piece, without doing it across the board. First, you’ve got to toughen border security. You can’t continue to have open borders. And you’ve gotta put more personnel and technology along the borders to make sure we know who’s coming into our country and prevent people from entering illegally. I think everybody should agree with that. You know, because that to me has got to be priority one.” (Hillary Clinton, Remarks at a town hall in Iowa, 11/6/07; Video, Comments begin at 2:10)
  • VIDEO: CLINTON: “… I voted numerous times when I was a senator to spend money to build a barrier to try to prevent illegal immigrants from coming in. And I do think you have to control your borders.” QUESTION: “Hi, hi Secretary Clinton, I was wondering what you think about like securing the Mexican border with some of the illegal immigrants that come in, just wondering.” CLINTON: “Well, look, I voted numerous times when I was a senator to spend money to build a barrier to try to prevent illegal immigrants from coming in. And I do think you have to control your borders.” (Hillary Clinton, Remarks at a Town Hall, Windham, NH, 11/9/15)

When asked how her plans to build a wall compare to Trump’s, Clinton smiled:

  • RAMOS: “Okay, now, if you believe in building a wall, what’s the difference between your idea and Donald Trump’s idea on building a wall with Mexico?” CLINTON: “[Smiles] Well…” (Hillary Clinton, Remarks at Brown and Black Presidential Forum, 1/11/16; Video; Comments begin at 0:43-0:53)

Clinton was called out for describing undocumented workers as “illegal immigrants:”

  • VIDEO: In January 2016, Clinton said that using the term “illegal” or “illegals” was “a poor choice of words and obviously, historically, I haven’t used it since and won’t use it in the future.” RAMOS: “So first question, would you commit right now not to use the word ‘illegal’ or ‘illegals’ to refer to undocumented immigrants.” CLINTON: “Oh yeah. Absolutely. You know … That, that was a poor choice of words and obviously, historically, [inaudible] … I haven’t used it since, I won’t use it in the future.” (Hillary Clinton, Remarks at Brown and Black Presidential Forum, 1/11/16; Video)

Cracking down on employers who employ undocumented workers:

  • VIDEO: CLINTON: “…you’ve got to crack down on employers who employ undocumented workers. People wouldn’t come here if there weren’t jobs waiting for them. … Well, what about the other side if somebody gives them a job? So you need much tougher sanctions, and much tougher penalties because the way things are now, it really works for employers who don’t care because they can employ people for less money with no benefits.” CLINTON: “Priority two, you’ve got to crack down on employers who employ undocumented workers. People wouldn’t come here if there weren’t jobs waiting for them. You know, lots of times when you hear the politicians and the commentators they’re acting like there’s only one side to this problem, people come here illegally, so let’s all be upset about that. Well, what about the other side if somebody gives them a job? So you need much tougher sanctions, and much tougher penalties because the way things are now, it really works for employers who don’t care because they can employ people for less money with no benefits.” (Hillary Clinton, Remarks at a town hall in Iowa, 11/6/07; Video, Comments begin at 2:40)

Undocumented immigrants are everywhere in America and are being given a chance to do whatever they want:

  • VIDEO: CLINTON: “We think we’ve got about 12 million people here who are undocumented … They are everywhere in America. The way things are now, they’re basically just being given a chance to do whatever they want to.” CLINTON: “But finally, here’s our dilemma. We think we’ve got about 12 million people here who are undocumented, there may be a little more, may be a little less, but everyone pretty much uses the figure 12 million. They are everywhere in America. The way things are now, they’re basically just being given a chance to do whatever they want to. Because we don’t have an immigration law.” (Hillary Clinton, Remarks at a town hall in Iowa, 11/6/07; Video, Comments begin at 4:34)

Clinton links illegal immigration to 9/11:

  • VIDEO: CLINTON: “…you’ve got to give them some sanctions, penalties, fines that bring them out so we can know who’s here. I feel really strongly about this because you know, some of the hijackers who flew those planes in the World Trade Center, they came here legally and then overstayed, so they were here illegally and we didn’t have a clue. I want to know who’s in this country. I want to keep track of them.” CLINTON: “So what are our options? I think, you’re not going to get people to come out of the shadows, if you say if they come out of the shadows you’re going to deport them. And so therefore, you’ve got to give them some sanctions, penalties, fines that bring them out so we can know who’s here. I feel really strongly about this because you know, some of those hijackers who flew those planes in the World Trade Center, they came here legally and then overstayed, so they were here illegally we didn’t have a clue. I want to know who’s in this country. I want to keep track of them.” (Hillary Clinton, Remarks at a town hall in Iowa, 11/6/07; Video, Comments begin at 5:38)

Driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants:

  • VIDEO: RUSSERT: “Senator Clinton, Governor of New York Eliot Spitzer has proposed giving driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants. You told the Nashua, N.H., editorial board it makes a lot of sense. Why does it make a lot of sense to give an illegal immigrant a driver’s license?” (Sen. Hillary Clinton, 2008 Democratic Primary Presidential Debate, Philadelphia, PA, 10/30/07; Video, Comments begin at 0:00-0:20)
  • VIDEO: RUSSERT: “Does anyone here believe an illegal immigrant should not have a driver’s license?” … CLINTON: “I just want to add, I did not say that it should be done, but I certainly recognize why Governor Spitzer is trying to do it.” RUSSERT: “Does anyone here believe an illegal immigrant should not have a driver’s license?” … CLINTON: “I just want to add, I did not say that it should be done, but I certainly recognize why Governor Spitzer is trying to do it. And we have failed …” SEN. CHRIS DODD: “Wait a minute. No, no, no. You said yes, you thought it made sense to do it.” CLINTON: “No, I didn’t, Chris. But the point is, what are we going to do with all these illegal immigrants who are [Inaudible]?” (Sen. Hillary Clinton, 2008 Democratic Primary Presidential Debate, Philadelphia, PA, 10/30/07; Video, Comments begin at 1:00)
  • VIDEO: BLITZER: “Do you support driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants? … Senator Clinton?” CLINTON: “No.” CNN’S WOLF BLITZER: “Well, let’s go through everybody because I want to be precise. I want to make sure the viewers and those of us who are here fully understand all of your positions on this barring – avoiding, assuming – there isn’t going to be comprehensive immigration reform. Do you support or oppose driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants? … Do you support driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants?” … Senator Clinton?” CLINTON: “No.” (Hillary Clinton, CNN Democrat Presidential Debate, Las Vegas, NV, 11/15/07; Video, Comments between 3:07-5:30)

In the past, Clinton said she would not cover illegal immigrants in her health care plan:

  • VIDEO: STEPHANOPOULOS: “In the past, you’ve said that undocumented immigrants would not be covered by your health care proposals. Here’s an exchange we had in 2007. … Would illegal immigrants be covered under your plan?” CLINTON: “Illegal immigrants would not be covered. No. They would not be covered.” STEPHANOPOULOS: “Immigration going to be a big issue in this campaign. In the past, you’ve said that undocumented immigrants would not be covered by your health care proposals. Here’s an exchange we had in 2007. … Would illegal immigrants be covered under your plan?” CLINTON: “Illegal immigrants would not be covered. No. They would not be covered. I will continue to have a safety net, which I think is in the best traditions of our country and also for public health reasons absolutely necessary. But we did not cover them in ’93, ’94 and my plan does not cover them now.” (ABC’s “This Week,” 12/6/15; Video)

In Print

  • In a 2006 interview with the New York Daily News, Clinton said: “A country that cannot control its borders is failing at one of its fundamental obligations.” “Apart from a well-chosen warning about criminalizing Jesus, Sen. Hillary Clinton hasn’t waded too deeply into the details of the immigration mess. Until now. In an interview Friday, she cited specific goals that could, and hopefully will, become the heart of bipartisan legislation that might actually fix this national crisis. A fence or a wall? She’s for it. A two-step process, where our borders are secured before the 11 million illegal immigrants already here begin to get legalized? She’s for that, too. The sudden crackdown by Washington on employers who hire illegal immigrants? She welcomes it. The work and school boycott advocacy groups are planning for May 1? She’s against it. And she said she favors a ‘carrot-and-stick’ approach with Mexico to provide that government and its ‘oligarchs’ the incentives to give Mexicans more and better jobs in their own country. ‘A country that cannot control its borders is failing at one of its fundamental obligations,’ she said of America’s ‘broken system.’” (Michael Goodwin, “BORDER BATTLER. Hillary wants to build a U.S.-Mexico fence first – and she’s right,” New York Daily News, 4/23/06)
  • Speaking on border control measures, Clinton said “A physical structure is obviously important … A wall in certain areas would be appropriate.” “For example, she said, the legalization process could begin ‘12 to 24 months’ after border control measures take effect. As for how to stem the tide of illegal immigrants, ‘A physical structure is obviously important,’ she said. ‘A wall in certain areas would be appropriate,’ as long as it was not a ‘dumb wall’ that could be scaled or tunneled. Advocating ‘smart fencing,’ she added, ‘There is technology that would be in the fence that could spot people coming from 250 or 300 yards away and signal patrol agents who could respond.’” (Michael Goodwin, “BORDER BATTLER. Hillary wants to build a U.S.-Mexico fence first – and she’s right,” New York Daily News, 4/23/06)

o   Clinton also advocated for “smart fencing” and added “[t]here is technology that would be in the fence that could spot people coming from 250 or 300 yards away and signal patrol agents who could respond.” “For example, she said, the legalization process could begin ‘12 to 24 months’ after border control measures take effect. As for how to stem the tide of illegal immigrants, ‘A physical structure is obviously important,’ she said. ‘A wall in certain areas would be appropriate,’ as long as it was not a ‘dumb wall’ that could be scaled or tunneled. Advocating ‘smart fencing,’ she added, ‘There is technology that would be in the fence that could spot people coming from 250 or 300 yards away and signal patrol agents who could respond.’” (Michael Goodwin, “BORDER BATTLER. Hillary wants to build a U.S.-Mexico fence first – and she’s right,” New York Daily News, 4/23/06)