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Immigration and Border Security Tracking record of statements of Hillary Clinton on immigration reform By Wendy Feliz By 2050, minorities will become the majority in the United States. This is the first point Hillary Clinton made while speaking before the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) in Washington D.C. this week. In a pointed speech, which she spent much of criticizing her opponent Donald Trump, Clinton discussed “ending the vicious debate about immigration reform” and made some clear commitments around what, if elected, she would do to advance needed changes in immigration policy. Most notably, Clinton said at the beginning of her remarks, and later repeated, that “in my first 100 days, as part of my commitment, I will introduce comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship” and will end the practice of family detention. She discussed the “growing consensus” and “greater agreement” that something must be done on immigration reform and alluded to the point that it would only happen if she was elected, noting “whether we get it done will depend on this election.” Clinton went on to elaborate on what her vision for immigration reform would includes: “…a credible path forward for reform that is truly comprehensive, addressing all aspects of the system, including immigrants living here today, those who wish to come in the days ahead, from highly skilled workers to family members to those seeking refuge from violence wherever that might occur. “ She then committed to: “…send a proposal to congress that will include a path to citizenship that will fix the family visa backlog and strengthen our economy and will enable our country to be what it has always been, a place where people from around the world come to start new businesses, pursue their dreams, and apply their talents to American growth and innovation. And while we are doing that, we must do everything we can to keep families already here together.” She also vigorously defended 24 Photo: Courtesy of CBS News presidential executive actions on immigration noting: “DAPA is squarely within the President’s authority and I will keep saying that and fighting for it. But there is more we can do. We need a simple straightforward system where people with sympathetic cases, can show a history of service to their communities can make their case and be eligible for deferred action. Like people who experience and report extreme labor abuses.” Finally she committed to ending the practice of detaining families and rounding up refugees in raids. She said: “And we must absolutely end family detention, close private de- More on page 44
What you should know about Mike Pence’s harsh policy record on immigrants and refugees By Wendy Felix, American Immigration Council In Mike Pence, Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump has found a kindred spirit in his crusade against immigrants. Trump’s get tough approach to immigration has been no secret and reports of the Republican’s official 2016 platform note that it includes support for a border wall and proposing mandatory prison sentences for deportees who return to the United States. They also change the term “illegal immigrants” to “illegal aliens” in the platform itself—a highly-offensive term. Like Trump, Pence takes a harsh, enforcement-centric approach to immigration. Pence’s record shows he used his time in Congress and as the Governor of Indiana to pursue extreme and punitive immigration policies earning him a 100 percent approval rating by the antiimmigration group, Federation for American Immigration Reform. During his term in the U.S. House of Representatives, Pence voted yes on H.R. 3722, a 2004 bill that would “prohibit Federal reimbursement of hospital-provided emergency and certain transportation services to undocumented aliens” and allow hospitals to refuse care to undocumented individuals if they could be sent to hospitals in their home country. In 2006, he unveiled a plan which he described Mike Pence, former Governor of Indiana as “no amnesty immigration reform” which sought to seal and Deferred Action for Parents of the U.S. border with Mexico, set up Americans and Lawful Permanent a limited guest-worker program, Residents (DAPA). He then praised force all undocumented immigrants the non-decision issued by the Supreme Court on expanded DACA to “self-deport” and apply for reentry from their home countries, and and DAPA, which leaves 4-5 million end birthright citizenship. undocumented immigrants in limbo as the challenge to the initiatives In 2007, he co-sponsored an English-only bill. continue in a lower court. Later, as governor of Indiana, While Pence’s so-called “reform” Pence ordered state agencies not to bill in Congress went nowhere and assist in the resettlement of Syrian his efforts to shut out refugees also refugees, which resulted in a lawsuit being brought against him by tion policy positions demonstrate failed miserably, his past immigra- the American Civil Liberties Union an impractical and uncharitable which Pence lost. approach toward immigrants and As governor, Pence also signed Indiana on to the Texas lawsuit chal- well with candidate Trump’s. refugees, but one that seems to align lenging expanded Deferred Action Despite the fact that anti-immifor Childhood Arrivals (DACA) More on page 44 25 Photo: Gage Skidmore