In a stunning video that surfaced on Thursday, presidential candidate-to-be Hillary Clinton said Central American children flooding into the United States “should be sent back.”
“Should they be able to stay here?” CNN reporter Christiane Amanpour asked Hillary, adding, “It’s safer.”
Clinton responded, “Well, it may be safer, but that’s not the answer.”
She told Amanpour, “[The government has] to send a clear message: just because your child gets across the border, that doesn’t mean the child gets to stay.”
The two were discussing the 2014 immigration surge of Central American women and unaccompanied children who were seeking asylum in the United States at that time.
Clinton’s comments on the immigration surge stand in stark contrast to her outspoken criticism of President Donald Trump’s decision to rescind DACA, the two year program enacted by executive order under former President Obama, which granted two year work permits to illegal immigrants who arrived as children.
After completely reversing her previously held opinion on the issue, she wasted no time vilifying the president on Twitter. On Sunday September 3, Clinton wrote, “No time to waste — we’ve got to fight with everything we’ve got to #DefendDACA. Thanks, @jorgeramousnews, for sharing these powerful stories.”
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 4, 2017
During her campaign for presidency, Clinton devoted a special page on her website to this issue.
One bullet point states her intention to “defend President Obama’s executive actions — known as DACA and DAPA — against partisan attacks.”
“Hillary believes DAPA is squarely within the president’s authority and won’t stop fighting until we see it through,” according to her new position. “The estimated 5 million people eligible for DAPA — including DREAMers and parents of Americans and lawful residents — should be protected under the executive actions.”