VIDEO: Examining How Far Left Hillary Clinton Has Shifted on Immigration

Real Time with Bill Maher is not typically a show where one expects to hear honest facts on an issue like immigration. However, during an episode of the HBO program last Friday, Maher brought up Hillary Clinton’s record while several of his pro-amnesty guests gushed over the presidential candidate’s lenient immigration policies.

After several minutes discussing the history of Republican opinions on immigration, the host chimed in, “Did you see the Democratic debate on Univision about a week ago?” he asked. “Because there has been a real change with the Democrats, too. Mission creep, I would call it. I understand their position was comprehensive immigration reform,” he said. “Now, in front of Univision, it seems to have morphed into, ‘you get across that river, you’re here to stay.”

But amnesty advocate Sister Simone Campbell objected: “I don’t think that’s really what was said.” Maher responded by quoting a past statement by Clinton on the matter, “Well, it certainly wasn’t what Hillary said two years ago, which was ‘we have to send a clear message. Just because your child gets across the border that doesn’t mean the child gets to stay,’” he quoted. Maher finished by pointing out, “She’s changed her tune a lot from that.”

There’s no doubt that Clinton has shifted her stance away from enforcing existing immigration laws toward what’s essentially an open border policy. On January 6, 2016, she went so far as to say “I’ll defend President Obama’s executive action [on immigration]—and I’ll go even further to keep families together.” She continued by promising to “end family detention, close private [illegal] immigrant detention centers and help more eligible people become naturalized.”

Compare this to her stance as a New York Senator in 2003, when Clinton told a talk show host “I am, you know, adamantly against illegal immigrants.” She continued by calling for a solution to the problem, saying, “We’ve got to do more at our borders, and people have to stop employing the illegal immigrants.”

As illegal immigration continues to cost law-abiding citizens their lives, Hillary Clinton is allowing the pressure of a vicious election cycle to drag her further left on the issue instead of returning to a policy stance that promotes the protection of American lives and the enforcement of our laws. 

Read FAIR’s analysis of Hillary Clinton’s official immigration platform at

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Spencer joined FAIR in 2015. He conducts research, and writes content for FAIR’s publications and website. He brings previous experience in state politics, gubernatorial and district campaigns, and D.C. political non-profits. Spencer holds a B.A. in Government from the University of Texas at Austin.


  1. avatar TOD says:


  2. avatar Bruce says:

    You can’t get any worse than “if you make it over the river, you can stay”. Maher’s words, not mine.

  3. avatar Peter says:

    Well Trump is the same ir worse……like the rest……

    • avatar Truthafuss says:

      Peter: you do not have a clue!

    • avatar Eliz says:

      Did you really say that? You are comparing Trump to Killery?
      Lmao! Read Trumps immigration
      Reform plan. The one he wrote. Not univison

    • avatar Jay Pengra says:

      You are correct, Trump just says things he thinks of at the moment. He was in those industries that did the most to promote illegals and take jobs from citizens, hotels and construction. He did not a thing to arrest the illegals for over three decades. Actions always speak louder then words. Trump has been one of the greater causes of the problems with the middle class.

      • avatar No Change says:

        Jay dead on……Eliz is as blind as a bat………people like Eliz get this country i trouble over and over…..Eliz I will make this country the best in a week VOTE FOR ME!!!