HILLARY CLINTON CIRCA 2003: ‘I Am Adamantly Against Illegal Immigrants’

This is a report published back in 2005 by the New York Times on ‘The Evolution of Hillary Clinton’. It outlines her stances on issues in the past and my, my, my, how her tone has changed.


Among some leading Republicans, there is no better evidence that Mrs. Clinton is positioning herself for a presidential run than her remarks and record on immigration.

In office, she has consistently supported expanding legal immigration and improving access to health care and education. With Sept. 11 in mind, she has also cast immigration as a national security issue, pressing the president for more money for border security and highlighting the potential threat of terrorists entering New York and the United States through Canada.

Republicans have made much of a radio interview Mrs. Clinton gave to WABC in 2003, in which she declared, “I am, you know, adamantly against illegal immigration.” She called for a comprehensive system to track these immigrants, some form of entry and exit identification and tighter border controls, and she reluctantly suggested that an identification system for citizens might be needed.

“People have to stop employing illegal immigrants,” she said in the 2003 interview. “I mean, come up to Westchester, go to Suffolk and Nassau Counties, stand on 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.”

Those words alone were enough for Republicans to predict that she would position herself to the right of even President Bush on illegal immigration. The conservative commentator Tony Blankley called her remarks “Pat Buchanan-esque” and added, “I never thought I would write the following words, but: God bless Hillary Clinton.”

Advisers to Mrs. Clinton emphasized that it was just one radio interview that took place two years ago, and that her views on immigration had not changed.

That said, her Senate record on the issue is not as rigidly hostile to illegal immigration as some conservatives say.

She was a cosponsor of a bipartisan bill that would give amnesty for many illegal workers in the agricultural industry. She also backed a bill by Senator Edward M. Kennedy that would grant permanent resident status to some illegal immigrants who had been in the country for at least five years and worked for at least two years. She supported college tuition relief for young people who had entered the county illegally.

Those positions have mostly been overlooked, however, as Republicans have sought to rally their donor base and grass roots by citing illegal immigration as one more sign that she is moving to the political center.

Read more: NY Times

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H/T : menrec.com

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