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Clinton Was The Last Dem Candidate To Condemn Obama’s Dec 2015 Deportation Raids

- January 17, 2016

Clinton's "Muted" Response To Obama's Recent Immigrant Deportation Raids Led To Criticism Of Refusing To Take A Clear Stand

In January 2016, The Obama Administration Began Deportation Raids Of Illegal Immigrant Families Across The U.S. "The Obama administration confirmed Monday that it began a new wave of arrests of Central American immigrant families over the weekend, moving forward with deportations of mothers and children despite an outcry from immigrant rights groups and potential political fallout for Democrats." (Josh Gerstein and Seung Min Kim, "Obama Administration Kicks Off Family Deportation Raids," Politico, 1/4/16)

Clinton Took A More "Muted" Approach Than Her Democratic Opponents To The Obama Raids, Saying They Were Only "A Real Concern." "The disclosure of the planned raids drew immediate criticism from Democratic presidential candidates. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley strongly condemned the planned actions, while frontrunner Hillary Clinton issued a more muted statement through a spokeswoman, who said Clinton had 'real concerns' about the plans. Word of the planned raids also highlight a political predicament for Clinton, who endorsed quick return of illegal immigrant children in 2014 but is also trying to court Latino voters." (Josh Gerstein and Seung Min Kim, "Obama Administration Kicks Off Family Deportation Raids," Politico, 1/4/16)

"Clinton's Opponents Blasted The Statement As Another Example Of Clinton Trying To Third-Way Her Way Out Of Clear-Cut Moral Decision." (Glen Thrush, "Hillary's Border Crisis," Politico, 12/30/15)

O'Malley Was Quick To Denounce Clinton's Weak Statement, Calling It "Par For The Course" With Clinton On Immigration Issues. " 'I think it is par for the course with Secretary Clinton. On the immigration issue, she tends to blow in the wind,' O'Malley told POLITICO on Tuesday, when asked if Clinton should join him in denouncing the tentative DHS plan. 'I see it very much as an issue of principle and American values [but] she sees it as one more issue about which to triangulate.'" (Glen Thrush, "Hillary's Border Crisis," Politico, 12/30/15)

Immigration Activists Have Called For Clinton To Strongly Condemn The Raids. "Immigrants and activists marched to the White House on Wednesday to demand that President Barack Obama call off reported plans for deportation raids on Central American families -- and for Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton to speak out more strongly against them." (Elise Foley, "Immigration Activists Say Deportation Raids Could Send Families To Their Deaths," The Huffington Post, 12/30/15)

  • The Protestors Want Clinton To Prove She Is An "Ally Of The Latino Community." "They said Clinton should speak out against the raids to show she is an ally of the Latino community." (Elise Foley, "Immigration Activists Say Deportation Raids Could Send Families To Their Deaths," The Huffington Post, 12/30/15)

In January, After Much Pressure From The Latino Community, Clinton Came Out With A Stronger Condemnation Of The President's Actions

Clinton Called For An End To Obama's Deportation Raids. "Hillary Clinton is calling on the Obama administration to end raids aimed at deporting Central Americans who entered the United States illegally. Clinton says the holiday-season roundups were 'mass deportations' that are sowing 'division and fear.' She says she would ensure government lawyers for all unaccompanied minors and increase funding for immigration courts. Clinton is promising to 'do everything possible to provide due process.'" (Lisa Lerer, "Clinton Calls On White House To Stop Deportation Raids," Associated Press, 1/11/16)

  • Clinton Said The Raids Were Causing "Division And Fear" And Promised To Increase Funding For Unaccompanied Minor's Lawyers And Immigration Courts. "Hillary Clinton is calling on the Obama administration to end raids aimed at deporting Central Americans who entered the United States illegally. Clinton says the holiday-season roundups were 'mass deportations' that are sowing 'division and fear.' She says she would ensure government lawyers for all unaccompanied minors and increase funding for immigration courts. Clinton is promising to 'do everything possible to provide due process.'" (Lisa Lerer, "Clinton Calls On White House To Stop Deportation Raids," Associated Press, 1/11/16)

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