Hillary Clinton to call for path to citizenship at Nevada campaign stop
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will announce at a Nevada campaign stop that she supports a full path to citizenship for undocumented workers as part of an overhaul of the U.S. immigration system.
Clinton is scheduled to appear at a Las Vegas high school Tuesday afternoon during her third campaign trip in an early-voting state after declaring last month that she would be seeking the presidency in November 2016.
Rancho High School, where Clinton will appear at a roundtable discussion, is less than 10 miles north of the famous Las Vegas strip of casinos. Its student body is approximately 70 percent Hispanic and includes some students who would be eligible for a special residency status for those who entered the U.S. as children under a stalled Democratic immigration proposal.
Clinton is expected to say in her remarks that a “true solution” to the country’s immigration problems would include “nothing less than a full and equal path to citizenship”, according to an advisory provided by a campaign aide.
Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, a Republican presidential candidate and son of Cuban immigrants, once supported legislation that included a path to citizenship, but now says he believes a wholesale overhaul is impossible and a piecemeal approach should begin with border security.
Republican former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, who is weighing a White House bid, has said recently there should be a way for immigrants to remain in the country and work legally but has stopped short of calling for a path to citizenship.
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, the only other declared Democratic presidential candidate, has said he supports a path to citizenship.
Clinton will make clear Tuesday that any proposal that stops short of establishing a route to attain citizenship is “merely a ‘second-class’ status,” the campaign advisory stated.
The Culinary Workers Union, which represents 55,000 Nevada casino workers from 167 countries and has long called for an overhaul of the immigration system, welcomed the news.
“Secretary Clinton’s commitment to hard working immigrant families is important and necessary. We look forward to learning about her policy proposals on this issue,” said Yvanna Cancela, the union’s political director.
The Culinary Workers is the largest union in Nevada and plays a pivotal role in Democratic politics in the state by using its resources to motivate voters. In 2008, the union endorsed now President Barack Obama as the party’s nominee over Clinton, dividing the state’s labor community.
(Reporting By Amanda Becker; Editing by Alex Richardson)