Hillary Clinton’s May 5, 2015 Speech on Immigration
On Tuesday May 5th, Hillary Clinton gave a speech in Las Vegas regarding immigration. Unlike many political speeches, Madame Clinton (former Secretary of State under President Obama) gave her stance on immigration and gave some possible changes to immigration policy she would like to see occur. She met with a group of young men and women known as DREAMers, who are children who met the requirements of the proposed Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) act. This act would have provided them with a path to citizenship, but of course it never passed congress.While meeting with these DREAMers, Clinton revealed much of her immigration policy, and showed that she would go farther than President Obama did if she is elected President. This position could prove challenging with a currently republican controlled house and senate, but it gives a great deal of hope to young immigrants and their families in this country.One of the highlights of her speech was when she listened to one young man’s story of hardship and fear. Juan Salazar, a 22 year old member of the Latino community in Las Vegas told Clinton about how his family came to this country when he was 7, and how under President Obama’s 2012 executive action he was able to start working, and became an entrepreneur when he started his own pool cleaning company. Mr. Salazar is doing very well for himself, but he is very nervous about the future for his family. The executive action that permits him to work in the United States does not grant him a path to citizenship. President Obama’s 2014 executive actions granted the chance for parents of U.S. citizens to stay in the country and obtain work permits, but that has been temporarily stopped by a Texas Judge. However, even if it was being implemented today, none of Salazar’s siblings are either U.S. citizens or Lawful Permanent Residents, thus his parents still face possible deportation because they have no way to stay in the country legally.
Madame Clinton responded not as a politician normally would, addressing Salazar directly. She praised him for his commitment to his family, and said if she was elected she already had plans for a system to be put in place that would prevent any families from being separated. This sparked hope in the lives of many members of the DREAMers generation, and also gave Clinton quite a push in the upcoming presidential race. Of course, we will have to wait to learn the details of her policy.
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