VIDEO: Examining How Far Left Hillary Clinton Has Shifted on Immigration

Real Time with Bill Maher is not typically a show where one expects to hear honest facts on an issue like immigration. However, during an episode of the HBO program last Friday, Maher brought up Hillary Clinton’s record while several of his pro-amnesty guests gushed over the presidential candidate’s lenient immigration policies.

After several minutes discussing the history of Republican opinions on immigration, the host chimed in, “Did you see the Democratic debate on Univision about a week ago?” he asked. “Because there has been a real change with the Democrats, too. Mission creep, I would call it. I understand their position was comprehensive immigration reform,” he said. “Now, in front of Univision, it seems to have morphed into, ‘you get across that river, you’re here to stay.”

But amnesty advocate Sister Simone Campbell objected: “I don’t think that’s really what was said.” Maher responded by quoting a past statement by Clinton on the matter, “Well, it certainly wasn’t what Hillary said two years ago, which was ‘we have to send a clear message. Just because your child gets across the border that doesn’t mean the child gets to stay,’” he quoted. Maher finished by pointing out, “She’s changed her tune a lot from that.”

There’s no doubt that Clinton has shifted her stance away from enforcing existing immigration laws toward what’s essentially an open border policy. On January 6, 2016, she went so far as to say “I’ll defend President Obama’s executive action [on immigration]—and I’ll go even further to keep families together.” She continued by promising to “end family detention, close private [illegal]immigrant detention centers and help more eligible people become naturalized.”

Compare this to her stance as a New York Senator in 2003, when Clinton told a talk show host “I am, you know, adamantly against illegal immigrants.” She continued by calling for a solution to the problem, saying, “We’ve got to do more at our borders, and people have to stop employing the illegal immigrants.”

As illegal immigration continues to cost law-abiding citizens their lives, Hillary Clinton is allowing the pressure of a vicious election cycle to drag her further left on the issue instead of returning to a policy stance that promotes the protection of American lives and the enforcement of our laws. 

Read FAIR’s analysis of Hillary Clinton’s official immigration platform at

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Spencer joined FAIR in 2015. He oversees the numerous qualitative and quantitative research efforts conducted by FAIR and writes content for publication on FAIR’s website and outside media organizations. Previously, Spencer worked in gubernatorial campaigns and political nonprofits, covered politics at the federal and state levels as a freelance writer, and worked as a legislative aide in the Texas State Legislature. Spencer holds a Master of Science in Data Analytics from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Arts in Government from the University of Texas at Austin.


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    You can’t get any worse than “if you make it over the river, you can stay”. Maher’s words, not mine.

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      Did you really say that? You are comparing Trump to Killery?
      Lmao! Read Trumps immigration
      Reform plan. The one he wrote. Not univison

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      You are correct, Trump just says things he thinks of at the moment. He was in those industries that did the most to promote illegals and take jobs from citizens, hotels and construction. He did not a thing to arrest the illegals for over three decades. Actions always speak louder then words. Trump has been one of the greater causes of the problems with the middle class.

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        Jay dead on……Eliz is as blind as a bat………people like Eliz get this country i trouble over and over…..Eliz I will make this country the best in a week VOTE FOR ME!!!