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Clinton Has Argued For Unaccompanied Minors To Be Quickly Deported

- October 11, 2015

In 2016, Clinton Was Forced To Awkwardly Defend Comments About Deporting Unaccompanied Minors

At A February Democratic Debate, Clinton Said She Supports Deporting Children From Central America Who Illegally Enter The U.S., Saying Children Had To Be Returned To Their Families. "In a debate in Milwaukee last week, Clinton and Sanders sparred over immigration, an exchange getting closer scrutiny in light of Nevada's sizable Latino population. Sanders said he opposed efforts to send back children from Central America streaming across the U.S. southern border, while Clinton supported deporting them Clinton said the children had to be returned 'to send a message' to their families not to send them on a dangerous journey where they could be kidnapped and abused." (Heidi Przybyla, "Clinton Tires To Avoid Another Setback In Nevada Amid Sanders Surge," USA Today , 2/17/16)

In A Recent Nevada TV Interview, Clinton Claimed She Supported The Deportation Of Central American Children Because She Was Acting As A "Child Advocate." CLINTON: "But on this particular issue, of course the young people who got here were going to be processed according to our law. I've called for counsel for every single one of them. But there were a lot of voices that were really concerned that if there wasn't some messaging sent to families in Central America, these poor families would be scraping together every penny they had, handing it over to smugglers, handing over their precious children, and we know, some of those children don't make it Jon. And some of them that do are traumatized because of the rapes, and the beatings, and the misbehavior that they are subjected to. So I was acting as I have acted my entire life: as a child advocate. And I was glad that the Obama administration began moving resources to Honduras and El Salvador and Guatemala so we would have government officials in those countries to try to process people in a more orderly way. So once they get here, of course they're entitled to due process, they can't have due process if they don't have counsel. That's why I was the first to say let's make sure they have counsel." (KNPB's "Ralston Live," 2/16/16)

In 2014, Clinton Advocated For Deporting Unaccompanied Migrant Children As Quickly As Possible

In June 2014, Clinton Said Children Illegally Immigrating From Central America "Should Be Sent Back As Soon As It Can Be Determined Who Responsible Adults In Their Family Are" Because "We Don't Want To Send A Message That Is Contrary To Our Laws Or Will Encourage More Children To Make That Dangerous Journey." CLINTON: "Many children are fleeing from that violence [in Central America]." CNN's CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR: "Should they be able to stay here? It's safer. CLINTON: "It may be safer but that's not the answer. AMANPOUR: Should they be sent back? CLINTON: Well first of all, we have to provide the best emergency care we can provide. We have children five and six years old who have come up from Central America. We need to do more to provide border security in southern Mexico - AMANPOUR: So you're saying, they should be sent back now? CLINTON: They should be sent back as soon as it can be determined who responsible adults in their families are because there are concerns about whether all of them can be sent back. But I think all of them who can be, should be reunited with their families… We have to send a clear message. Just because your child gets across the border, that doesn't mean the child gets to stay. We don't want to send a message that is contrary to our laws or will encourage more children to make that dangerous journey." (Hillary Clinton, Remarks At CNN's Hard Choices Town Hall, 6/17/14)

In June 2014, Hillary Clinton Defended President Obama's Deportation Record Saying, "There Are Laws That Impose Certain Obligations On Him." "She said Obama is in a difficult position 'because there are laws that impose certain obligations on him' to enforce immigration law, and that those laws should change. 'I would be very open to trying to figure out ways to change the law, even if we don't get to comprehensive immigration reform to provide more leeway and more discretion for the executive branch,' she said." (Elise Foley, "Hillary Clinton: Unaccompanied Minors 'Should Be Sent Back,'" Huffington Post, 6/18/14)

In July 2014, Clinton Told Fusion's Jorge Ramos That She Would Deport Children That "Don't Have A Legitimate Claim For Asylum" Or "Some Kind Of Family Connection." RAMOS: "So you don't think we should send them back." CLINTON: "Some of them should be sent back." RAMOS: "Just because your child gets across the border, that doesn't mean the child gets to stay?" CLINTON: "Yeah, but that's what I meant. Just because a child gets across the border, what category does that child end up in?" RAMOS: "Who would you deport?" CLINTON: "Whoever was in the category of where they don't have a legitimate claim for asylum, where they don't have some kind of family connection. Those children should be returned to their families and the families should be told that they should not be sending these young children on their own to face the dangers that exist on that travel forward." (Hillary Clinton, Fusion's America With Jorge Ramos, 7/29/14)

  • After Ramos Told Her That Children At Risk Of Deportation Thought They Would Be Killed Back Home, Clinton Said, "Well, You Know We Send Kids Back All The Time." RAMOS: "Should we change that 2008 law for quick deportations?" CLINTON: "No. I don't agree we should change the law, no. I think that's why I'm advocating an appropriate procedure well funded by the Congress, which they're resisting doing, so that we can make individual decisions. You know, there may be some kids who would definitely face terrible danger if they returned." RAMOS: "I met some of them at the border and they said they would be killed if you send them back." CLINTON: "Well, you know we send kids back all the time." (Hillary Clinton, Fusion's America With Jorge Ramos, 7/29/14)

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