“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,” Clinton said in Windham, New Hampshire. “And I do think you have to control your borders.”
Those comments earned the ire of the liberal Dream Action Coalition. “Not only is Hillary’s casual use of the word “illegal” offensive and dismissive, it shows us that she is out-of-touch with the community she claims to be advocating for by reducing them to a derogatory term,” they said in a statement.
But when asked about the fracas in a Telemundo Facebook chat, Clinton apologized.
That was a poor choice of words. As I’ve said throughout this campaign, the people at the heart of this issue are children, parents, families, DREAMers. They have names, and hopes and dreams that deserve to be respected. I’ve talked about undocumented immigrants hundreds of times and fought for years for comprehensive immigration reform. And I will continue to do so. We are a country built by immigrants and our diversity makes us stronger as a nation – it’s something to be proud of, celebrate, and defend.
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