Clinton vows to expand Obama’s immigration executive actions
By Heidi M Przybyla and Eliza Collins July 14, 2016
Hillary Clinton vowed to expand President Obama’s executive actions on immigration and cast the 2016 presidential election as critical for Latino voters because Donald Trump is the presumptive Republican nominee.
“What happens this November really matters my friends,” said Clinton, speaking at LULAC National Convention and Exposition in Washington, where she also vowed to introduce comprehensive immigration reform within her first 100 days as president.
“This one is different isn’t it? We’re not just choosing a president and commander-in-chief this fall. The choice we make will say a lot about who we are and whether we understand and celebrate the diversity of our country which makes us all the stronger,” said Clinton, adding that “I deeply regret the kind of campaign” Trump is running.
The president’s executive actions, which Trump calls “amnesty,” would prevent more than 4 millions of undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children from deportation. In June, the Supreme Court deadlocked over the actions, 4-4, which means a preliminary injunction that stopped the program more than a year ago will remain in place. Clinton said she understood how “how painful it was” to hear the SCOTUS decision, but she reminded people that it was a deadlock the court didn’t actually rule.
In contrasting herself with Trump, Clinton cited a number of controversial statements he’s made about Latinos, including that undocumented immigrants from Mexico are drug dealers, rapists and carriers of infectious diseases. She also said he once called a Latina Miss Universe pageant contestant “Ms. Housekeeping” and criticized former Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush for speaking “Mexican.”
“I mean you cannot make this up,” said Clinton, calling Trump the kind of candidate “who thinks Latino outreach is tweeting a picture of a taco bowl.” She later noted that one of the police officers slain in the recent Dallas shooting was of Mexican heritage. “You are not intruders,” said Clinton. “You are our neighbors,” friends and colleagues, she said.
As Clinton spoke Donald Trump sent out a release titled “CLINTON’S FIRST 100 DAYS OF AMNESTY” with news clips focused on her first 100 day promises.