Fact-Check: Yes, ‘Hillary Clinton Wanted the Wall’

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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said during the third presidential debate in Las Vegas on Wednesday that Hillary Clinton “wanted the wall” when she a U.S. senator from New York. 

Fact-Check: TRUE

In September 2006, then-Senator Hillary Clinton voted in favor of building a 700-mile wall along the Mexican border, for the purpose of stopping illegal immigrants from entering the United States.

Indeed, the Secure Fence Act of 2006‘s goal was to “help secure America’s borders to decrease illegal entry, drug trafficking, and security threats by building 700 miles (1,100 km) of physical barriers along the Mexico-United States border.”

Clinton voted “yea” in support of this bill. 

In effort to justify her support for more border security, Clinton told the Council on Foreign Relations that “there isn’t any sensible approach except to do what we need to do simultaneously: you know, secure our borders with technology and personnel, physical barriers if necessary in some places.”

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