Tuesday on CNN’s “The Lead With Jake Tapper,” during a preview clip of their exclusive interview, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton accused everyone in the Republican presidential field of being on a “spectrum of hostility,” towards immigrants.
When asked about Donald Trump’s recent controversial comments on immigrants Clinton said, “I’m very disappointed in those comments. I feel very bad and very disappointed with him and with the Republican party for not responding immediately and saying enough, stop it. But they are all in the same general area on immigration. You know, they don’t want to provide a path to citizenship. They range across a spectrum of being begrudgingly welcoming or hostile toward immigrants. I’m going to talk about comprehensive immigration reform. I’m going to talk about the good law abiding, productive members of the immigrant community that I personally know. That I’ve met over the course of my life. That I would like to see have a path to citizenship.”
When asked about Jeb Bush, Clinton said, “He doesn’t believe in a path to citizenship. If he did at one time he no longer does. Pretty much as I said, they’re on a spectrum of hostility, which I think is regrettable in a nation of immigrants like ours, all the way to grudging acceptance, but refusal to go with a pathway to citizenship. I think that’s a mistake. We know we’re not going to deport 11 or 12 million people. We shouldn’t be breaking up families, we shouldn’t be stopping people from having the opportunity to be fully integrated legally within our country. It’s good for us. It’s good economically, It’s good for the taxes that will be legally collected. It’s good for the children. So that they can go as far as their hard work and talent will take them. So I am 100 percent behind comprehensive immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship citizenship.”