Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton came out strongly for the immigration reform legislation passed by the Senate last year after being asked about her stance by a young undocumented immigrant on Thursday.
“I believe strongly we are missing a great opportunity by not welcoming people like you and 11 million others who have made contributions to our country into a legal status,” Clinton told a tearful 19-year-old student at a No Ceilings event with the Clinton Foundation and Microsoft.
The young woman told Clinton, her daughter, Chelsea, and panel moderator actress America Ferrera that her legal status has made it impossible for her and 11 million others to get a job, go to college and even vote since she can’t get the proper documents. “This is an extreme glass ceiling for me,” she said emotionally.
“Wow, that was incredibly brave, and I thank you for doing that because it’s important to put ourselves in other people’s shoes,” Hillary Clinton said. “I am strongly in favor of the legislation that passed the Senate, it was bipartisan, that’s rare these days. It passed, and unfortunately the House of Representatives has not taken it up, and I think that’s a big missed opportunity for our country.”
Considered a front-runner for the Democratic nomination for the presidency in 2016, if she chooses to run, Clinton would surely have to address the controversial topic of immigration reform in a campaign. On Thursday, she said that allowing a path to citizenship for the millions of immigrants in the country illegally would have benefits not just for them, but for the country.
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