Press Statement: Clinton Addresses Immigration

Clinton Strikes a Pose on Immigration.  Will she Deliver?
CHIRLA calls on Democratic presidential candidate to fix immigration mistakes of the past, including President Bill Clinton's policies that hurt families


Los Angeles -- The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), an immigrant rights organization based in California, welcomed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's remarks Tuesday on immigration reform delivered in Las Vegas while surrounded by young immigrants who shared their stories with her.

The following are statements for Angelica Salas, CHIRLA executive director.

"Secretary Clinton has set herself apart from the pack of presidential contenders thus far by endorsing immigration reform with a path to citizenship.  We agree with Mrs. Clinton that fixing our broken and unjust immigration laws is a family issue, a moral issue, a national identity issue.   

We welcome Mrs. Clinton's intent to push immigration reform if elected President and we agree with her our nation cannot wait for a path to citizenship for millions of people who contribute on a daily basis to our nation's growth, economy, and vitality.   We commend Mrs. Clinton for firmly stating she will fight for a comprehensive solution, stop attacks against executive action programs such as DAPA and DACA, and to go even further if Congress does not pass legislation.  

The question is how much further will she go if she is elected President.   We expect Mrs. Clinton to remain bold, committed, and ready to make immigration laws humane, targeted and effective, including fixing past mistakes by President Clinton which have directly contributed to the tearing apart of countless families.  Only through actions in the face of inaction will we believe Mrs. Clinton's pose today strikes the tone our nation needs and our community deserves."