In a February 2003 interview on WABC Radio’s “John Gambling Show,” then-Sen. Hillary Clinton said, “I am, you know, adamantly against illegal immigrants.” 12 years later, however, the now presidential candidate promised to “fight for comprehensive immigration reform and a path to citizenship.” The contradiction has many questioning whether or not Hillary’s indecisiveness and frequent shifts of position will hurt her candidacy.
“People have to stop employing illegal immigrants. I mean, come up to Westchester, go to Suffolk and Nassau counties, stand on the street corners in Brooklyn or the Bronx, you’re going to see loads of people waiting to get picked up to go do yard work and construction work and domestic work,” said Clinton in 2003.
Senator Clinton was accused of using the New York Senate seat as merely a springboard to higher political office, and her lack of knowledge about the area would support that argument. According to a 2007 study by the Fiscal Policy Institute, there are over 645,000 illegal immigrants in the state of New York. Mexican immigrants have the highest rate of employment among the city’s largest immigrant groups, according to the same FPI study.
In 2006, still as a Senator, Clinton suggested the U.S. could model its border after the ones currently protecting Israel. No mention of increased border security has been heard since Clinton announced her candidacy.
These stance changes are not surprising, as Clinton also changed her mind regarding gay marriage. If one were to go back to the tapes, they would see the 2008 version of Hillary openly rejecting the legalization of gay marriage. Not surprisingly, now in 2015, Hillary is appalled by the idea that homosexuals don’t have the same marriage rights as any American.
The 2016 election is well over a year away – there is no telling what Hillary will be saying by then.