Friday 23 August 2019

Clinton vows not to use term 'illegal immigrants'

US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Photo: Reuters
US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Photo: Reuters

Jim Anderson in Denver

Hillary Clinton said that her use of the term "illegal immigrants" was a "poor choice of words" and she pledged not to use it anymore, responding to criticism from immigration activists.

The Democratic presidential frontrunner was asked about her use of the term to describe people who are in the US illegally during a question-and-answer session on Facebook which was held by Telemundo.

The question came from Jose Antonio Vargas, a filmmaker and journalist whose organisation, Define American, has said the terminology is offensive and asked all presidential candidates to stop using it.

"Yes, I will," Clinton wrote during a stop in Boulder, Colorado.

"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...

"They have names and hopes and dreams that deserve to be respected."

During a town-hall meeting in New Hampshire earlier this month, Clinton said she voted "numerous times when I was a senator to spend money to build a barrier to try to prevent illegal immigrants from coming in".

"And I do think you have to control your borders."

Irish Independent

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