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

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. Hector Slagg

    Immigration reform? Tell that to the people in Arizona that are currently dealing with thousands of illegals that have been dumped there by Enforcement Agents who refuse to do their job. Un accompanied children sent across the Border by the thousands. Time for a massive roundup of all illegals and returning them to their own country.

    June 10, 2014 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  2. GonzoinHouston

    The sticking point is always the question of a path to citizenship which is the part of the issue that directly effects the politicians. Both sides see 10 million potential new democrats, and that is their top priority. The dems should offer to pass a comprehensive plan without the pass to citizenship, just to make the pubbers prove where they really stand. If a plan were passed and worked out well, in a few years the whole attitude on citizenship might change.

    The actual illegal immigrants are a lot more interested in not being deported than they are in becoming US citizens.

    June 10, 2014 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  3. Thomas

    This sounds like a job for Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz .

    We need leaders who can dance around big issues !

    June 10, 2014 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  4. Janet Nappylotto

    So there you have it... Hillary would rather support the millions of criminal immigrants than help her fellow US Citizens.

    June 10, 2014 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  5. Gurgyl

    As long as these republican animals are in congress, it will not pass. Very pathetic, horrible republican congress. Drive these animals away.

    June 10, 2014 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  6. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Keep up the good work Madam President!

    June 10, 2014 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  7. Veracity

    You've been asleep too long. The majority of US citizens and Republicans are in favor of updating immigration laws and enforcing them. The same groups are against the non sensible ' Obama immigration reform' which is amnesty and rewarding of criminals, while discriminating against lawful immigrants who are waiting in line.
    Why are you supporting criminals and double standards?

    June 10, 2014 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  8. meme

    How can the mess we are in be reformed ?

    June 10, 2014 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  9. Name jsmallz

    What a idiot. Voting for her will be like voting for Obama. Good luck with that. Let them all in. Open the borders to everyone and see how high our taxes will go to take care of all these freeloaders.

    June 10, 2014 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    We must all remember one thing about Mrs. Clinton if she runs for President, she doesn't know the difference between legal immigration and illegal immigration. Yes this Country is A Country of LEGAL IMMIGRANTS, That is the one thing liberal Democrats seem to forget. What is "immigration reform" to A U.S. Citizen and taxpayer? Its simply amnesty for 15 million criminals that are in our Country illegally and would allow millions of foreign workers into this country to compete with U.S. Citizens for jobs. We have A Government that simply doesn't enforce the laws we have now and the U.S. Citizens and their children will pay dearly for the"immigration reform" that Clinton wants, she was speaking for the benefit of her rich donors, she doesn't care about the working taxpaying Citizens of the U.S.

    June 10, 2014 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  11. Terrance J Lintner

    Your boat is sinking. A conservative wants to plug the holes, a lot of work, a tough job, but necessary. The liberal suggests a fast way – drill holes in the bottom of the boat to let the water out. Same dumb logic about immigration. If we, as a country, can't keep our borders secure, what's the point of working immigration reform. The flood into our country will continue until we're sunk. The first and biggest problem is to stop the leaks. And we are sinking under a flood of illegals.

    June 10, 2014 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  12. scott

    She is not for reform she wants amnesty reform would be enforcing our laws not breaking them

    June 11, 2014 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  13. HenryMiller

    "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."

    Except, of course, for the people who come to this country to freeload.

    The immigration issue could be resolved fairly quickly if the Dems would quit trying to hand out citizenship to the illegals. Their effort to buy more Democrats is pathetic.

    June 11, 2014 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  14. Anonymous

    H. Clinton favors ABLE-BODIED CRIMINAL ILLEGALS over our own DISABLED who are taxed to support them!!
    But then according to her, "WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE?!!!!!!" What a commie.

    June 11, 2014 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  15. CeeCee

    Jose Pescador Osuna, Mexican Consul General, OPENLY ADMITS INVASION, "We are practicing 'La Reconquista' in California." One does not pacify or bargain with INVADERS. Appeasement never works. It didn't work with Hitler and it never works with any bully. The only thing a bully respects is STRENGTH. We MUST enforce and STRENGTHEN the law: no amnesty, no social services, and start deportations! We will NEVER knuckle under to their outrageous demands. If they don't like it, too bad. This is OUR country!

    June 11, 2014 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  16. CeeCee

    They (government Obama) lets all illegals come to America because they are his strongest supporter and this is the reason he gives all to the. He will take more money from the Social Security monies, cut money to senior who has spent a lifetime working and now must be on social security. The children come, he is now using our military bases for them to stay in at the cost of $252 per day per child per week per child =$1,764, per month per child = $7,056 and per year for each child = $84, multiply it for 90,000 new illegal children annually. I am on social security, had been working since I was 17, went out on disability in 2007, what I thought was surgar drop level in my blood turned out to be mini strokes, and I live on $11,544 a month and support two adult family member. I believe it is wrong for this to happen, we have so many homeless families because of no employment, we have 58,000 homeless veterans without employment, or even a pillow and blanket to cover up with. America needs to take care of her own. We can not handle the overflow of a corrupt and bad governments..we have too many starving people here in the states that need help

    June 11, 2014 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  17. Anonymous

    Ask Hilary what plans she has to pay for the illegals.

    June 11, 2014 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  18. CeeCee

    They are sending their crime and poverty to this nation to crush the American citizen taxpayer and their children's future. This government has no authority to steal hard earned tax dollars for illegal foreigners. Whatever social services there are in this nation are supposed to go to helping our elderly, veterans, unemployed and truly disabled; not illegal foreigners. Taxpayers in this nation are struggling to take care of their own families. The real humanitarian crisis is that our own children and people are being robbed and pushed aside in their own nation; and their standard of living is being stolen; by their own government acting outside the law. Our immigration laws state these people are supposed to be deported. This administration caused all of this with the dreamer garbage; and refusing to deport illegal aliens. Our government unleashed tens of thousands or more outright murderers, kidnappers, rapists, home invaders, etc. on the general American public. No other nation in this world destroys and ignores it's own sovereignty and immigration laws for illegal invaders who care nothing except for their own selves.

    June 11, 2014 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  19. CeeCee

    I have friends and family working in Social Services who are disgusted by the fact they have been instructed they can never ask immigration status when people come to the office now. A family of 5 comes in.. have no paperwork... and automatically get housing vouchers, WIC and food stamps adding up to more annual benefits than my friends and family earn working their jobs. As much as $40,000 to $50,000 in combined benefits in some cases. Then they walk outside and get in their new Toyota truck and get free medical treatment at the local hospital.
    So now we have everybody thinking the SOLUTION for illegal immigration is to REWARD that illegal conduct with amnesty and citizenship? I can't believe I have lived to see this lunacy in America. Heck .. why have any laws at all? Let’s just tell people they can do anything they want with no consequences.

    Obama's own illegal aunt and DUI-arrested illegal uncle continue to STEAL from the American taxpayers all their free food, free housing, free medical, and $750/month play money for doing nothing at all! Thank heavens she recently passed away so part of that will stop. On top of all that, we are also FORCED to pay for Secret Service protection as these criminals continue to commit their multiple crimes. When his illegal uncle was stopped and arrested on a DUI, the first thing he arrogantly said to the officers was, "I'm calling the White House." They are immune and specially protected and they flaunt it – while we PAY for it!

    June 11, 2014 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  20. CeeCee

    Put "minority" down as your status on all your paperwork for school or home. They can't say you aren't – and if it's good enough for Elizabeth Warren, the Democrat, 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.
    And remember, when it comes time for layoffs, if you list yourself as a "minority," you will not be among the ones to go out the door no matter how badly you perform at your job - courtesy of the DEMOCRATS!!!

    June 11, 2014 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  21. CeeCee

    The horrendous influx of illegals will hit the law-abiding taxpayers as they overwhelm every Emergency Room and hospital for free medical care, free housing, free food and free education. They even receive PREFERENCE over our own kids for college education already! California has already illustrated the FOLLY of being swamped with illegals – which is why they are BANKRUPT. These senators are committing TREASON. Uphold the current law!

    June 11, 2014 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  22. CeeCee

    These are NOT "immigrants." They ARE ILLEGALS!!

    June 11, 2014 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  23. CeeCee

    Why don't we start with Reform Law #1: Anyone who has entered and/or stayed illegally in this country is forever barred from remaining, and forever barred from becoming a citizen. This includes any children born in the country from either parent who is here illegally."

    June 11, 2014 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  24. CeeCee

    Bank of America and Citicorp give home loans to illegals without requiring the same documentation from them that they do from you or I ! (L.A. Times, Aug 2005) And on top of that they receive free food, free medical at every ER and hospital, preference in education, and $750/month play money for doing nothing at all. Why WOULD they want to become citizens and have to pay taxes when they get it all for free now?! (courtesy of the backbreaking taxpayer) And Obummer and Clinton want to open the floodgates with amnesty!

    June 11, 2014 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  25. CeeCee

    They just care about making money to send home. There's no sense of loyalty or respect for the country they claim to want to live in. The US as we know it is finished if we allow these illegal criminals a green light to citizenship without making the sacrifices and commitments that LEGAL immigrants have made. Let them work and fight and sacrifice in their own country instead of STEALING from what our citizens and military, some of whom have died to sacrifice, have worked for so hard! Hillary Clinton and Obama –> REMEMBER BENGHAZI!!!

    June 11, 2014 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
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