Bill, Hillary and Obama: No Friend of Immigrants
But of course, Bill Clinton’s laws were enacted with utmost compassion and dignity.
Obama moved into the Oval Office and many assumed he would be more sensitive than his predecessors to the racism underlying US immigration policies. His promises during the 2008 campaign help fuel that assumption.
By September 2011, Obama had deported more than a million undocumented people — just shy of the 1.57 million Bush expelled in his entire two terms.
Hillary Clinton’s 2014 comments to Christiane Amanpour were in keeping with past statements. In a 2003 interview with WABC radio, Clinton said:
I am, you know, adamantly against illegal immigrants. . . . [C]ertainly we’ve got to do more at our borders.”
In her capacity as secretary of state Clinton added to her inhumane record, proposing deportations as a way to deal with a tragedy she helped create.
According to Hing, “920 Honduran children were murdered between January and March of 2012,” and many other Latin American refugee children fell victim to human and drug trafficking rings.
Yet Clinton worried that granting these children asylum would send a “message that is contrary to our laws.” Instead of welcoming them, she publicly called for their deportation.
In order to cement that lucrative arrangement, top firms like Corrections Corporation of America and the GEO Group have parlayed their enormous growth into political clout.