Clinton blasts opponents of immigration reform
June 10th, 2014
08:23 PM ET
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Clinton blasts opponents of immigration reform

Chicago (CNN) – Hillary Clinton took a break from her frenetic book tour on Tuesday and blasted people who opposed immigration reform during a speech to two food producing trade organizations in Chicago.

The speech to the United Fresh Produce Association and the Food Marketing Institute was dramatically different than Clinton's earlier book signing in New York City. At a Manhattan Barnes & Noble earlier in the day, Clinton was flanked by devotees who waited overnight for her to sign her new book. In Chicago, Clinton was met with a less enthusiastic crowd of mostly food company employees and representatives, some of whom left before he speech was over.

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In the biggest applause line of the night, Clinton said she believes "strongly in immigration reform" but has been "somewhat bewildered" by the immigration debate in Washington.

"Everybody I talk to personally, Democratic and Republican alike in the leadership of both houses, know we have to have immigration reform," Clinton said. "Part of the strength of the vitality of our economy is the fact that people still want to come to this country, make their stake, prove themselves."

Clinton went on to blast people who "are scared because there is a small minority of people in public life and those they represent who don't seem to understand one of our strongest and most important attributes is that we are still a nation of immigrants."

Clinton was interviewed on stage by Stuart Resnick, the founder of Wonderful Brands and a Clinton supporter, who noted that the agriculture and food production industry was overall supportive of immigration reform.

Immigration reform, despite passing the Senate last year and being named one of President Barack Obama's top priorities for his second term, has seen very little movement in the House of Representatives.

Late in 2013, House Speaker John Boehner insisted that while immigration reform was "absolutely not" dead, he had "no intention" of negotiating with the Democratic-led Senate over its comprehensive immigration proposal. Many Republicans want to pass immigration in smaller bills, not one large bill.

Clinton has long been a supporter of immigration reform, but Tuesday night's remarks were some of her most outspoken attacks on people who oppose the bill.

In April, when asked by an undocumented immigrant at an event in New York about the bill, Clinton said she was a "huge supporter of immigration reform and a path to citizenship and will continue to advocate for that."

While Clinton spoke at length about her book, "Hard Choices," which hit bookshelves on Tuesday, the event was not part of her book tour. It was planned before the book's release date was announced, said organizers, who said they got lucky on the timing.

Clinton's book tour break won't be long, however. On Wednesday she heads to a Chicago Ideas Week event where she will talk about her book with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, a longtime Clinton aide and supporter.

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soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. CeeCee

    Do put "minority" down as your status on all your paperwork for school, medical and home. They can't say you aren't – and if it's good enough for Elizabeth Warren, another lying Democrat like Hillary Clinton, to get a job she wasn't qualified for, then it's good enough for the rest of us! When EVERYONE claims it, then the government will have no choice but to give the same treatment to everyone or no one! Then only QUALIFICATIONS will matter; not race. NO PREFERENCES to ILLEGALS.

    June 11, 2014 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  2. CeeCee

    We need to show more sympathy for these people. They travel miles in the heat. They risk their lives crossing a border.
    They don't get paid enough wages. They do jobs that others won't do or are afraid to do. They live in crowded conditions among a people who speak a different language. They rarely see their families, and they face adversity all day ~ every day.. 'm not talking about illegal Mexicans ~ I'm TALKING ABOUT OUR TROOPS!
    Doesn't it seem strange that so many are willing to lavish all kinds of social benefits on illegals, but don't support our troops? But according to Hillary Clinton, "WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE!!!!!!?"
    Wouldn't it be great if we took the $360,000,000,000 (that's billion) we spend on illegals every year, and spend it on our troops!!!

    June 11, 2014 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  3. CeeCee

    Be also concerned with what we are giving away (social security benefits). Go into a Social Security office and see who is in there signing up for benefits; I am talking about non-retirement benefits. When I went into the S.S. office to sign up for my retirement benefits I was shocked to see 99.9% of the people in there were between the age of 25-40 and all from south of the border.

    June 11, 2014 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  4. CeeCee

    MORE than 120,000 of our veterans can't get care – but illegals get free ER and hospital care, even PREFERENTIAL care while Hillary Clinton is defending CRIMINAL ILLEGALS saying about our veterans who die and sacrifice, "WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE!"

    June 11, 2014 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  5. CeeCee

    My uncle worked in construction and can tell you this: The jobs that the illegals take would be filled with AMERICANS if the employers would not depend on and bend over backwards to hire illegals. The company he works at is 85% illegal if not more. The men that work there make $15 TO $19 an hour and work around 50 hours a week. The Illegal foreman makes $3100 a month salary plus a truck to drive home each day. Now tell me that there are no AMERICANS to take the jobs. The money we pay them does not stay here in the US it is sent home, he saw it every week when they go down and send all the money home via western union .. Wake up AMERICA we have sold out souls to the illegals and each one of us pays .. One illegal working at the company had to take his wife to the hospital and the bill was like $19,400 and my uncle asked him how can you pay for that with no insurance? He told him, smiling, that he uses another person SS # and they never find him..

    June 11, 2014 01:49 am at 1:49 am |
  6. CeeCee

    Illegal Aliens Receive Billions in IRS Tax Benefits
    Friday, 23 Sep 2011 05:17 PM By James Walsh

    On July 7, 2011, the U.S. Department of Treasury's inspector general for tax administration issued a startling report entitled "Individuals Who Are Not Authorized to Work in the United States Were Paid $4.2 Billion in Refundable Credits."

    No wonder the nation's finances are in turmoil. It is clear that unauthorized aliens are filing ITIN tax returns with fraudulent data.

    The Treasury report found that "One common type of fraudulent refund involves taxpayers fabricating a Wage and Tax Statement (Form W-2) that shows excess withholding and results in a tax refund."

    June 11, 2014 01:51 am at 1:51 am |
  7. The Elephant in the Room

    The pathway to comprehensive immigration reform . . . reform that includes a smart phone & web-based means for documenting,tracking & verifying whether a person has legal & current visas & immigration status . . . that path goes through a DEMOCRATICALLY controlled House of Representatives. The same is true for comprehensive gun-violence reform and tax-reform that puts the working-class / middle-class FIRST [and corporations SECOND]. For 3 election cycles [2014, 2016 & 2018] Latinos, Asians, women, and Americans whose wages are indexed to the minimum wage, need to committ to PRESIDENTIAL year voting turnout and vote for the DEMOCRAT. If they do that, there WILL BE immigration reform. Without a focussed effort to throw Republicans out, there won`t be.

    June 11, 2014 04:51 am at 4:51 am |
  8. Marie MD

    Now the teaklans have two better than they are human beings to attack. Our President and next president, Hillary.
    If you thought nothing stuck to your demi Hollywood god reagan . . . . . . don't hold your breath on these two.

    June 11, 2014 06:28 am at 6:28 am |
  9. Anonymous

    What amazes me more than anything about these politicians is the fact that here we are once again in a situation where so many illegal immigrants have been broken the laws we have and established themselves here (and the recent ones is really the straw that broke the camels back in my opinion) and these politicians who were responsible to enforce our laws seem to want to tell us we all need to forget our laws and go along with their desires to grab more votes while they did not do their jobs in the first place. If me and you did the job these politicians did in the past few decades enforcing our laws we would be fired...plain and simple. Why do we allow people like Schumer to still rule the roost?

    June 11, 2014 07:14 am at 7:14 am |
  10. Rob

    Typical Democrat. She won't enforce our laws either. Why is it Democrats are so ready to assist law breakers, AKA Criminals. Illegal Aliens have shown a total disregard for our laws simply by coming here illegally. It is time to secure the border, stop basically invited them to come illegally but allowing rumors of amnesty, enforce our current laws and deport the majority of illegals already here. Then make changes to visitor or other visa's. But as long as they are law breakers, they shouldn't be given anything.

    June 11, 2014 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  11. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - Take Back the House

    "we are still a nation of immigrants."
    That goes for Rafael "Ted" Cruz as well. Show me your papers!!!

    June 11, 2014 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  12. rla

    Wow we still can't pay for the progressive/ liberal agenda now 17 TRILLION in debt and Clinton wants to flood the country with more people who will cost citizens more money??? These people simply don't care about the citizens nor do they care about the so called poor... EVERYONE is worse off after 5 years of this foolishness!

    June 11, 2014 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  13. sifto

    Keep it up, should be learning from your mistakes..will you take care of all these children your party brought here minus parents? What an uncaring bunch..these libs and breaks my heart that these kids and parents were duped by idiots..this is a travesty against innocents..hopefully the uncaring dems will pay heavily...

    June 11, 2014 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  14. smith

    The GOP wants the one large bill broke down into smaller bills. Sounds reasonable. However, the Dems won`t budge and inch and that is because they know that the bill won`t move in the House as one huge bill and then they can cry obstruction. The Dems are the ones not willing to deal on this issue. Im starting to notice this more and more that the Dems will throw out some crazy huge bill that people from their own party won`t vote for and then cry GOP obstruction.

    June 11, 2014 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  15. Rick McDaniel

    The Democratic Party only WANTS the illegals as a new voting bloc to enable them to take total control of America. The Democratic Party is totally subversive to America. Clinton, is totally subversive to America.

    June 11, 2014 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  16. monkeebizns

    Hillary should ask Cantor how we the people feel about immigration reform. The Clintons would not have been as Hillary put it "broke" had it not been for the scandals of the Clinton Whitehouse (Bill). Let us remember the real Clinton years- scandal, scandal, scandal do we the people really want a repeat of this?

    June 11, 2014 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  17. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Keep em running scared Hillary!

    June 11, 2014 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
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