BROOKLYN, NY – Democratic front runner Hillary Clinton picks up a major endorsement from a leading voice of the Latino community in the United States.
Illinois Congressman Luis Gutierrez’ official endorsement was published on Univision just hours before Clinton unveiled her immigration reform policy at the National Immigrant Integration Conference (NIIC) in Brooklyn, N.Y. on Monday.
“That’s why I still passionately support comprehensive immigration reform legislation with a pathway to full and equal citizenship,” she said. “If you work hard, if you love this country, if you contribute to it, and want nothing more than to build a good future, for yourself and your children, we should give you a way to come forward and become a citizen.”
Clinton promised not only to defend it, but to even go beyond President Obama’s executive actions on immigration, such as DACA and DAPA.
“There are even more undocumented people with deep ties and a history of service and in their communities who deserve the chance to stay, like the parents of dreamers, and I will fight for them too,” she said.
Addressing a crowd of about a thousand mostly Latinos and immigration activists, Clinton also promised to support lower fees for people seeking U.S. citizenship and the expansion of fee waivers for naturalization.
“Hillary actually hit the points, all the points you want to hear,” Steve Raga of NAFAA said. “We need a head of our country to be supportive of these initiatives.”
Unbound Philanthropy’s Celeste Dado said, “I believe in what she stands for and what her campaign has done all along. Yes there are issues. My problem is her. She’s too close to Wall Street.”
“I think we’d like to see more concrete steps,” said California Immigrant Policy Center’s Gabriela Villareal.
Clinton took a swing at Republicans for what she called their hateful rhetoric against America’s immigrant communities.
“Candidates for president are calling immigrants drug runners and rapists, Clinton said. “At a time where a lot of Americans are fearful about future attacks here at home — some candidates are even stoking those fears more and turning people against Muslim Americans.”
Steven Choi of the New York Immigration Coalition said, “Immigrant voters should keep in mind what the actual platforms are and what the policies are. I think once we get passed a lot of the terrible comments that we’ve heard, I think we’ve got to see what the actual policy proposals are.”
NIIC invited all the presidential candidates to speak at the weeklong immigration conference but none of the Republican candidates confirmed their attendance.
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