Everyone knows what Donald Trump would do about immigration if he became president: Build a wall and close the border, pretty much. Hillary Clinton has now weighed in with her own ideas on the issue.
During a speech this week at the National Immigrant Integration Conference in Brooklyn, Hillary Clinton outlined what she would do about immigration if she became president. If she keeps her promises, she would go beyond President Obama’s actions in making the system easier for both undocumented and documented immigrants in the United States.
Here are the main takeaways from her speech:
1. Extend President Obama’s deportation relief programs, known as DACA and DAPA
“We can’t wait for Congress,” she said. “Too many families’ futures hang in the balance.”
Background: The president’s deportation-relief program is on hold after a federal appeals court in Louisiana upheld a lower court’s blocking of the program, which would affect 5 million undocumented children and their parents. The Obama administration is asking the Supreme Court to review the case, and the next president could end the entire program by not extending the executive order.
2. Close private immigration-detention centers.
“This is a critical government responsibility and we should not be outsourcing it to anyone else.”