Former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton is so desperate to curry favor with Latino voters that she’s doing the unthinkable.
She’s calling on law enforcement to stop its raids and deportations of Central American illegal immigrants.
The number of Central American families and unaccompanied minors arriving at the border this fall more than doubled from the year before, according to the most recent figures. The numbers could go even higher beginning in February and early spring, when arrivals traditionally increase.
Such concerns helped prompt the Department of Homeland Security to initiate crack-downs on Central American migrants in several states over the holidays, picking up 121 people for deportation.
And that didn’t sit well with Clinton, who is depending on Latino voters who consider amnesty and deportations hot-button issues.
Clinton says the recent holiday-season roundups were “mass deportations” and pledged to do everything she can to stop them as president. She said she would ensure government lawyers for all unaccompanied minors and increase funding for immigration courts to help illegals fight deportation.
In other words, she would stop law enforcement officials from enforcing the law.
The recent raids targeted top priorities for deportation — people with criminal convictions and people caught crossing the border illegally.
Officials defended the enforcement raids, which have been denounced by Clinton and the other Democratic presidential candidates while drawing praise from billionaire Donald Trump, who also took credit for them.
The Associated Press contributed to this article