Hillary's painfully awkward 'outreach' to Hispanics
Hillary Clinton was in Nevada yesterday, talking to Hispanics on Cinco de Mayo about immigration reform, pushing amnesty and a path to citizenship.
You can watch the C-SPAN video here. Note her awkwardness when she's reading her prepared remarks. And she doesn't seem very comfortable in front of her audience.
Beyond that, Clinton has spent the last couple of weeks shoring up her base of support in the black and Hispanic communities. She will win both of those groups, but unless she can turn them out in numbers approaching those of President Obama, she will be in big trouble.
"If we claim that we are for families, we have to pull together and solve the outstanding issues around our broken immigration system,” she said during a roundtable at a Nevada high school.“We can’t wait any longer for a path to full and equal citizenship."She praised President Obama's executive action on immigration and said that as president, she would be willing to "do everything possible under the law to go even further” if Congress was not responsive to immigration reform.The executive orders granting temporary legal status to some immigrants have infuriated conservatives, who say they are illegal. Clinton disagreed and boasted of her support for the orders several times during the Tuesday conversation.“He had to act in the face of inaction that was not on the merits but politically motivated for partisan reasons,” she said of the president.Clinton’s comments Tuesday were designed to reassure Latino voters, who were a key piece of the diverse coalition that installed President Obama in the White House in 2008 and kept him there four years later.“Make no mistakes, today not a single Republican candidate — announced or potential — is clearly or consistently supporting a path to citizenship," she said.“When they talk about legal status, that is code for second-class status."Her remarks came in a discussion, with six young people, about the problems in the immigration system.She said that if elected, immigration reform would be “among the priorities that I would be advocating for in the beginning.” But she stopped short of committing to tackling the issue first, saying she could not predict what might happen between now and January of 2017.
This is standard pandering by Clinton, pushing all the right buttons of her audience in a state that most observers believe she has to win. But Clinton one-upped Obama by saying she would be even more aggressive with executive orders on immigration than the president.
SO I WILL FIGHT FOR COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM AND A PATH TO CITIZENSHIP FOR YOU AND FOR YOUR FAMILY ACROSS OUR COUNTRY. I WILL FIGHT TO STOP PARTISAN ATTACKS ON THE EXECUTIVE ACTION THAT WOULD PUT DREAMERS, INCLUDING THOSE WITH US TODAY, AT RISK OF DEPORTATION. AND IF CONGRESS CONTINUES TO REFUSE TO ACT, I WOULD DO EVERYTHING POSSIBLE UNDER THE LAW TO GO EVEN FURTHER.
THERE ARE MORE PEOPLE, LIKE MANY PARENTS HAVE DREAMERS, AND OTHERS, WITH DEEP TIES AND CONTRIBUTIONS TO OUR COMMUNITIES, WHO DESERVE A CHANCE TO STAY AND I WILL FIGHT FOR THEM. THE LAW CURRENTLY ALLOWS FOR SYMPATHETIC CASES TO BE REVIEWED. RIGHT NOW MOST OF THESE CASES HAVE NO WAY TO GET A REAL HEARING. THEREFORE WE SHOULD PUT IN PLACE A SIMPLE, STRAIGHTFORWARD, ACCESSIBLE WAY FOR PARENTS OF DREAMERS AND OTHERS WITH A HISTORY OF SERVICE AND CONTRIBUTION TO THEIR COMMUNITIES, TO MAKE THEIR CASE AND TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE SAME DEFERRED ACTION AS THEIR CHILDREN. THAT IS JUST THE BEGINNING.
THERE IS MUCH MORE TO DO TO EXPAND AND ENHANCE PROTECTIONS FOR FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES TO REFORM IMMIGRATION AND ENFORCEMENT, SO THEY ARE MORE HUMANE, TARGETED, AND EFFECTIVE. TO KEEP BUILDING THE PRESSURE FOR COMPREHENSIVE REFORM.
"Others with a history of service and contribution"? I imagine she means those illegals who served in the military, but other than those worthy men and women, this is a loophole you can drive a semi through. Clinton's executive orders would go far beyond those issued by President Obama, making more millions of illegal aliens eligible for amnesty.
What should be worrying Clinton is the trust fact. This is important in the Hispanic community who trusted President Obama. The president never delivered on his promise for comprehensive immigration reform and didn't even take it up until late in his first term. After what Obama failed to do, Hispanics will be much more wary of politicians who come before them bearing gifts of amnesty.