Hillary Clinton tweeted her support for DACA last week, but she said something very different about illegal immigration just three years ago.
“We’ve got to fight with everything we’ve got to #DefendDACA,” Clinton tweeted when news broke that President Trump might end Obama’s executive order.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 4, 2017
However, in 2014 — two years after DACA was signed — Clinton asserted that she didn’t think children brought to the United States illegally should be allowed to stay.
She told CNN’ Christiane Amanpour that illegal immigrant children “should be sent back.”
CLINTON: “… and many kids are fleeing from that violence.”
AMANPOUR: “Should they be able to stay here? It’s safer?”
CLINTON: “It may be safer, but that’s not the answer. I do not —“
AMANPOUR: “Should they be sent back?”
CLINTON: “Well, first of all, we have to provide the best emergency care we can provide. We have kids five and six years old who have come up from Central America. We need to do more to provide border security—“ [cross-talk]
AMANPOUR: “So you are saying they should be sent back now?”
CLINTON: “Well, they should be sent back as soon as it can be determined who responsible adults in their families are. Because there are concerns about whether all of them can be sent back, but I think all of them who can be should be reunited with their families. And just as Vice President Biden is arguing today, in Central America, we have to do more — I started this when I was secretary — to deal with the violence in this region, to deal with border security. But we have to send a clear message: Just because your child gets across the border, that doesn’t mean the child gets to stay. We don’t want to send a message that is contrary to our laws or will encourage more kids to make that dangerous journey.”