Monday, March 21, 2016

Hillary Clinton On Immigration

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Brandon Turbeville
March 18, 2016

Like virtually every other political position in her career, Hillary Clinton has attempted to play both sides of the aisle – depending upon what audience she happens to be speaking to. When it comes to the issue of illegal immigration, however, Clinton’s actual positions seem relatively clear, despite her political fence sitting. Clinton has vocally supported the concept of “sanctuary cities,” and providing drivers licenses to illegal immigrants. She has supported allowing illegal immigrants to participate in Social Security and providing limited medical care to illegal immigrants via Medicaid.[1] She also supported and introduced legislation that would have funded and provided social and educational services to illegals.

In the 2007 Presidential debate held at Dartmouth College, Clinton vocalized her support for Sanctuary Cities:

Q: Would you allow “sanctuary cities” to ignore the federal law & provide sanctuary to immigrants? 
A: Why do they have sanctuary cities? In large measure because if local law enforcement begins to act like immigration enforcement officers, you will have people not reporting crimes. You will have people hiding from the police. That is a real direct threat to the personal safety and security of all the citizens. So this is a result of the failure of the federal government, and that’s where it needs to be fixed. 

Q: But you would allow the sanctuary cities to disobey the federal law? 
A: Well, I don’t think there is any choice. The local police chief trying to solve a crime might know people from the immigrant community have information about it, but they may not talk to you if they think you’re also going to be enforcing the immigration laws. Local law enforcement has a different job than federal immigration enforcement. The problem is the federal government has totally abdicated its responsibility.[2]

Clinton’s support for providing driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants was also put on display at the Drexel University debate in 2007. As John Heilemann and Mark Halperin described in their book Game Change:

[At the Drexel U. debate on Oct. 30, 2007, Hillary was asked if] she supported the idea of giving driver's licenses to illegal immigrants, as NY's Gov. Eliot Spitzer had proposed.
Clinton said she sympathized with Spitzer, then pivoted to stress the need for comprehensive immigration reform. But when Dodd declared his opposition to the plan, Clinton jumped back in: "I did not say that it should be done, but I certainly recognize why Gov. Spitzer is trying to do it." 
"Wait a minute!" interjected Dodd. "You said yes, you thought it made sense to do it." The moderator asked Clinton to clarify her position: Did she support Spitzer's plan or not?

Clinton said, "What is the governor supposed to do? He is dealing with a serious problem. We have failed and George Bush has failed. Do I think this is the right thing for any governor to do? No. But do I understand the sense of real desperation, trying to get a handle on this? He's making an honest effort to do it."

. . . . .

The moderator asked Clinton to clarify her position: Did she support Gov. Eliot Spitzer's plan or not, of giving driver's licenses to illegal immigrants? Clinton said, "Do I think this is the right thing for any governor to do? No. But I certainly recognize why Gov. Spitzer is trying to do it." 
Edwards wouldn't let go. "Unless I missed something, Sen. Clinton said two different things in the course of about two minutes," he noted, "and I think this is a real issue for the country." 
"I was confused on Senator Clinton's answer," Obama said with a smirk. "I can't tell whether she was for it or against it." Clinton exited the stage both bloodied and bowed.
The next day, Clinton's people made an even bigger mess. A statement was issued that simply reformulated her muddled position from the night before. Then her press shop clarified the clarification, saying Clinton backed "the basic concept" of giving driver's licenses to illegals absent immigration reform. [3]

Hillary has also repeatedly supported a “pathway to citizenship,” which essentially would legalize the millions of illegal immigrants currently residing in the country with a number of tasks, fines, and processes to complete on that path. The “pathway to citizenship,” however, is simply another way to provide amnesty for illegal aliens and encourage illegal immigration. There already is a pathway to citizenship evidenced by the vast numbers of legal immigrants coming to America as it is. If that process needs to be streamlined, it can be streamlined. Providing amnesty to illegals does nothing but rewards and encourages illegality – a type of limbo for many immigrants– and a growing underclass of illegals who have succeeded in coming to the U.S. illegally.

There has never been a clear and convincing argument – beyond the emotional humanitarian argument designed to tear at the heartstrings – to support illegal immigration to any country, particularly the United States. Lack of social cohesion, lower wages, a burden on the social benefits system are just a few of the results of increased illegal immigration.

Reality notwithstanding, Hillary Clinton has made it a point to promote and support the breakup of American national identity, break unions and drive down general wages, overtax medical, social, and educational services, and increase tensions between races and between citizens vs. noncitizens with her support for allowing illegal immigrants an incentive for coming to the United States illegally.

Brandon Turbeville’s new book, The Difference It Makes: 36 Reasons Hillary Clinton Should Never Be President is available in three different formats: Hardcopy (available here), Amazon Kindle for only .99 (available here), and a Free PDF Format (accessible free from his website,
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[1] “Hillary Clinton On Immigration.” On The Issues. Accessed on September 10, 2015.

[2] “Hillary Clinton On Immigration.” On The Issues. Accessed on September 10, 2015.

[3] Game Change, by Heilemann & Halpern, p.147-148 , Jan 11, 2010

Brandon Turbeville – article archive here – is the author of seven books, Codex Alimentarius — The End of Health Freedom, 7 Real Conspiracies, Five Sense Solutions and Dispatches From a Dissident, volume 1 andvolume 2, The Road to Damascus: The Anglo-American Assault on Syria, and The Difference it Makes: 36 Reasons Why Hillary Clinton Should Never Be President. Turbeville has published over 650 articles dealing on a wide variety of subjects including health, economics, government corruption, and civil liberties. Brandon Turbeville’s radio show Truth on The Tracks can be found every Monday night 9 pm EST atUCYTV. His website is He is available for radio and TV interviews. Please contact activistpost (at)

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