Hillary Clinton vows to expand Obama’s amnesty

Many Americans don’t believe Barack Obama has the authority to offer blanket amnesty to the millions of immigrants living illegally in the United States, but that’s not stopping Hillary Clinton. On Cinco de Mayo in Las Vegas, she told a group of Hispanic voters that she would go even further than Obama in using executive authority to confer legal status on illegal aliens:

Clinton made clear she would go beyond any Republican, be it Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, or any other, in conferring benefits on currently illegal immigrants. “This is where I differ with everybody on the Republican side,” she said. “Make no mistakes — today not a single Republican candidate, announced or potential, is clearly and consistently supporting a path to citizenship. Not one. When they talk about legal status, that is code for second-class status.”

As for Obama’s unilateral executive action, Clinton said she will defend what has already been done and then add action of her own. “I will fight for comprehensive immigration reform and a path to citizenship for you and for your families across our country,” she said.

“I will fight to stop partisan attacks on the executive actions that would put Dreamers, including those with us today, at risk of deportation. And if Congress continues to refuse to act, as president I would do everything possible under the law to go even further. There are more people, like many parents of Dreamers, and others, with deep ties and contributions to our communities, who deserve a chance to stay, and I will fight for them.”

“I want to do everything we can to defend the president’s executive orders,” Clinton said at another point. “Because I think they were certainly within his authority, constitutionally, legally, they were based on precedent that I certainly believe is adequate. And then still try to go further and deal with some of these other issues, like the re-unification of families that were here and that have been split up.”

It should be noted that Clinton didn’t seem interested in enforcing the nation’s standing immigration laws, but only changing them. This, despite the fact that Americans desire better border security more than immigration reform.