Hillary Pledges Not To Describe Immigrants as "Illegal"

During a Telemundo Facebook chat, Hillary Clinton said her use of the term "illegal" in conjunction with "immigrants" at a campaign speech in New Hampshire a few weeks ago was a poor choice of words and she won't be repeating it.

Here's the question she was asked: [More...]

Jose Antonio Vargas Madam Secretary, in speaking at a campaign stop about immigration reform, you recently referred to "illegal immigrants"-- an offensive term that many leaders and media have abandoned in recent years. On behalf of the organization I founded, Define American, and the 11.7 million undocumented immigrants in this country--including myself--I am asking all the presidential candidates to recognize that #wordsmatter by committing to not using the term "illegal" when referencing the undocumented population. Will you make that commitment?

Her response:

Yes, I will. That was a poor choice of words. As I’ve said throughout this campaign, the people at the heart of this issue are children, parents, families, DREAMers. They have names, and hopes and dreams that deserve to be respected. I’ve talked about undocumented immigrants hundreds of times and fought for years for comprehensive immigration reform. And I will continue to do so. We are a country built by immigrants and our diversity makes us stronger as a nation - it’s something to be proud of, celebrate, and defend. -H

Nothing to see here. It was a poor choice of words and she'll be careful not to repeat it in the future. What matters is her position on immigration.

She says she wants to stop deportations, provide a path to citizenship for those people here illegally and give them driver’s licenses.

Here's her immigration plan.

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    by Donald from Hawaii on Tue Nov 24, 2015 at 08:52:47 PM EST
    Hers was a poor choice of words, which is a sin for which almost everyone can plead guilty at some point in their lives. She admitted her error, and was forthrightly contrite for having used the term.

    And you're absolutely right that what truly matters is Mrs. Clinton's position on immigration. Contrast that with what's presently offered by her GOP counterparts, who often appear to be racing each other to see who can double down faster on stupid.