While President Donald Trump has been roundly condemned by liberals and Democrats as a racist and xenophobe for his plans to rescind DACA this week, it was not more than three years ago that Hillary Clinton proposed a similar move when it came to young immigrants.
In 2013-14, a surge of unaccompanied minors traveled from Central America into the United States illegally. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton went on record a number of times to call for their deportation because of the abuse they were subjected to when many of them were rounded up and put in detention facilities.
During a CNN town hall with Christiane Amanpour promoting her book Hard Choices, Clinton pointed to the violence that many of the unaccompanied minors were fleeing and defended her stance about reuniting them with their families.
“They should be sent back as soon as it can be determined who responsible adults in their families are,” Clinton said. “There are concerns about whether all of them can be sent back, but I think all of them who can be should be reunited with their families…We have to send a clear message: Just because your child gets across the border, that doesn’t mean the child gets to stay. We don’t want to send a message that’s contrary to our laws or will encourage more children to make that dangerous journey.”
While the situation is different from Trump rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and giving Congress an expiration date to get a deal done, Clinton would take a similar approach as she repeatedly promised the passage of comprehensive immigration reform.