Republicans’ Immigration Bill would create police state: Hillary Clinton
Washington, Mar 09: Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, a
potential White House candidate in 2008, alleged that some
Republicans are trying to create a “police state” to round up
Clinton, the wife of former President Bill Clinton, spoke
out on the US Immigration Policy after largely staying away
from an issue that has roiled congress in recent months and
spurred a number of conflicting proposals.
Speaking at a rally of Irish immigrants, Clinton, a
Democrat, blasted a bill the House passed in December that
would impose harsher penalties for undocumented workers.
“Don’t turn your backs on what made this country great,”
she said, adding the house bill “is a rebuke to what America
The house measure makes unlawful presence in the US,
which is currently a civil offense, a felony.
Clinton called it “an unworkable scheme to try to deport
11 million people, which you have to have a police state to
try to do.”
She called instead for immigration reform “based on
strengthening our borders in order to make us safer from the
threat of terrorism.”
While her remarks will draw attention for the
implications for the 2008 presidential race, many of those in
the crowd traveled from New York, where she is up for
re-election this year.
As she was speaking, the Senator also sent a four-page
letter to constituents outlining her views on immigration. She
shied away from specifics in the letter but said she supports
allowing at least some of the estimated 11 million
undocumented workers to earn citizenship.