NEW YORK (AP) – Hillary Rodham Clinton says she supports President Barack Obama’s executive actions to protect about 5 million immigrants living in the US illegally from deportation, calling it a “historic step” and urging the House of Representatives to pursue a measure approved by the Senate last year.
Clinton placed the efforts aimed at changing immigration policy in the context of families, many of whom she said are longtime residents raising children and paying taxes.
“This is about people’s lives,” she said Friday during an appearance at the New York Historical Society, adding that it was about “people who serve us tonight, who prepared the food tonight.”
Clinton is considering a presidential campaign in 2016 and her embrace of Obama’s actions come in sharp contrast to Republican condemnation of the changes the president has ordered.
“I think the president took an historic step and I support it,” the former secretary of state said in her first public comments on the issue. She had issued a statement shortly after Obama’s speech Thursday night expressing support.
Obama’s actions were in line with previous moves by Democratic and Republican presidents alike, she said. However, many
Republicans in Congress accuse Obama of overstepping his executive powers.