Hillary’s Hype: No Second-Class Citizens

hillary_clinton_ccHillary Clinton launched an effort to woo Latinos to her presidential campaign on May 5 when she accused Republican candidates of seeking to relegate immigrants to “second-class status.”

That accusation was political hype attempting to paint her potential opponents as anti-immigrant, but it also was a slam at the public. She apparently believes that the public is ignorant of what is required for an immigrant to become a U.S. citizen. She said she is committed to “a path to full and equal citizenship.”  For whom? The context made clear that she was talking about amnesty for illegal aliens. But, of course, she avoided that term.

So what was this second-class status she was accusing the Republicans of supporting? Anything short of amnesty for all of the illegal alien population would apparently constitute second-class status, in her view. That reference suggests that the illegal alien population already has some claim to parity with U.S. citizens but it is being denied to them by the evil Republicans. That flies in the face of the immigration law and the nation’s immigration history, both of which deal with selecting immigrants based on the country’s national interest.

That position means that Mrs. Clinton would put those who have broken our immigration laws on a par with – or more likely ahead of – those foreigners who are waiting for a visa to come legally as immigrants. It would mean further weakening the nation’s immigration laws by advertising that the country has no will to enforce them. And it would reward those employers who have exploited the availability of illegal alien workers by ignoring their lawbreaking and by encouraging a stream of new illegal workers to be similarly exploited. Mrs. Clinton apparently is more concerned about accommodating the illegal workers than she is about accommodating the millions of unemployed legal workers, a large segment of whom are young and looking for their first full-time job.

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Jack, who joined FAIR in 1995, is a retired U.S. diplomat with consular experience. He has testified before the U.S. Congress, U.S. Civil Rights Commission, and U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform and has authored studies of immigration issues. His national and international print, TV, and talk radio experience is extensive (including in Spanish).


  1. avatar David Smith says:

    The dried up old cow is really desperate and needs to expand the giveaway list to attract more parasites. “It depends on what your definition of ‘is’ is” from people skilled at finding a loophole in a stop sign.

  2. avatar FedUp says:

    The only thing a clinton cares for is a clinton. Everyone else is a useful idiot. She cares so much for Latinos she upped her price to $100 million + to keep Colombians in virtual slavery to Frank Giustra’s oil company. How? Doing a 180 on the Colombia Trade Deal as SoS. Zipper willy ‘gave’ military secrets to China, they rented out rooms in the White House, took some furniture, cried broke. So what will be the next item for sale, or rent, other than the votes. They may be broke again. After all, the Foundation is only worth $226 million. Not very good for just a few years (sarcasm alert)
    Chelsea is worth $15 million: per Capital Research Center – Foundation Search currently ranks the foundation the 542nd largest in the nation by assets, but 1,706th by grants given to charity. In 2007 and 2008, the foundation racked up $40 million in debt, according to the New York Times.

    The foundation spends a shocking amount on salaries and travel.

    Very difficult to find much info. Wonder why.

  3. avatar Not Politically Correct says:

    She’s recruiting for the Democratic party.

  4. avatar Fred floyd says:

    These people are citizens of other countries, not second class citizens of their own countries. Are we supposed to cater to some person,s desire to collect citizenships?

  5. The Beat Goes On

    The open border pundits have a one way brain; amnesty and war on the middle class.

  6. avatar Leland says:

    One of the things I liked about her in the past, and I voted for her in the 2008 primaries, is that I knew she had made statements that suggested enforcement over amnesty. Since she now uses the term “full and equal citizenship”, there is no doubt she is talking about illegals. Legal immigrants have always been able to achieve full citizenship after a certain period. She’s making it clear that her goal is to be panderer-in-chief to those who have broken a number of laws.