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Hillary's Immigration Policy is Vague and Out of Touch

Monday, 01 June 2015 12:38 PM Current | Bio | Archive

On May 5, 2015, in Nevada, Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton announced her support of “a full and equal citizenship” for undocumented foreign nationals, including immediate rights to driver’s licenses.

The Yale University law graduate said she would expand President Obama’s Executive Actions, which are seen by many as going too far in granting legal rights to undocumented immigrants. Federal courts are rejecting the president’s executive immigration grants, placing undocumented foreign nationals in legal limbo.

Hillary Clinton’s immigration position during her 2008 campaign for the presidency was out of touch with the Democrat Party’s position allowing “illegal aliens” to obtain driver’s licenses; she was against it before she was for it. As U.S. Senator, D-N.Y. 2000-2009, and as U.S. Secretary of State (2009-2013) Hillary did little about immigration.

Presidential Candidate Hillary is the product of a strict Methodist upbringing, an elitist eastern college (Wellesley), an Ivy League law school (Yale), and the political vision of Saul David Alinsky (1909-1972). Alinsky founded the U.S. community organizing movement, pitting have-nots against haves.

Hillary is fluid in her immigration positions, following Alinsky’s end-justifies-the-means approach that has shaped Democratic Party policies in the 21st century. His influence is evident in the current Obama/Democrat agenda. A political policy-wonk rather than a worker bee, Alinsky distanced himself from ideological groups, such as the Communist Party or the Socialist Party, yet adapted their tactics.

Alinsky emulated the Italian neo-Marxist Antonio Gramsci’s gradualist and dialectic concepts of cultural, economic, political, social, and religious change. Like Gramsci, Alinsky advised working from within the system to effect change, while camouflaging radical intentions to achieve the desired end. Alinsky advocates include the late Cesar Chavez of the United Farm Workers (UFW) Union, Wade Rathke of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), and President Barack Obama.

Hillary is today among the few community-organizing advocates who actually met Alinsky. She was a member of a Methodist group working with Chicago’s poor when, in 1969, she interviewed Alinsky for her Wellesley senior thesis, “There Is Only the Fight: An Analysis of the Alinsky Model.” Her political views found favor at Wellesley, where she delivered the commencement speech at graduation.

Her Wellesley thesis opened with Alinsky’s emphasis on local community organizing, which Hillary suggested expanding nationally and internationally, something she continues to do. Professor Alan H. Schechter of Wellesley admitted that upon Bill Clinton’s inauguration, the White House asked that Hillary’s thesis not be released; but it is now online.

Alinsky offered Hillary a job with his community-organizing machine in Chicago, but she chose law school. After her first year at Yale, she interned with Bob Treuhaft and his wife Jessica Mitford, Marxists and Stalinists. At Yale, she met William J. Clinton, a Rhodes Scholar a year behind her. In 1973, she joined the Children’s Defense Fund founded by Miriam Wright Edelman, a noted leftist. The following year, she became a staff attorney for the House Judiciary Committee.

With the approval of some Committee members and staff, she researched and advocated the position that President Richard M. Nixon should not be provided legal counsel in impeachment proceedings or trial.

This unconstitutional position was made moot by the President’s resignation. She was then fired from the Committee, for disputed reasons. After marrying Bill Clinton in 1975, she served as First Lady of Arkansas during his terms as governor and was First Lady during the Clinton presidency.

Hillary’s tenure as U.S. Senator, D-N.Y. 2000-2012, revealed her ultra-left yet vague immigration stance. She was one of thirty co-sponsors of the Global Poverty Act of 2007 (S. 2433-110th Congress) introduced by U.S. Senator Barack Obama, D-Ill. Rejected as too socialist for Americans, the Act would have cost each U.S. citizen $4,500.

Hillary Clinton, as U.S. Secretary of State during Obama’s first term as president, experienced several diplomatic crises. In Russia, she presented a symbolic “Reset Button” to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov; however, the wrong Russian word had been printed on the button; instead of “Reset,” it read, “Overloaded,” embarrassing the United States.

A crisis developed when the U.S. Ambassador to Libya and three other Americans were murdered in an attack on a U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya. Hillary downplayed the attack as a spontaneous reaction to an anti-Muslim video in the United States.

Her immigration positions oppose English as America’s official language, fences on U.S. Borders, and Arizona’s immigration laws (as racial profiling). She supports a pathway to citizenship (amnesty) for illegal aliens, comprehensive immigration reform, “sanctuary cities”, and DREAM Act allowances for undocumented children.

Obama and Hillary remain students of Alinsky’s community-organizing philosophy. Since her resignation as Secretary of State, how far is Hillary willing to go to expand the Alinsky model? How might “comprehensive” immigration reform play in her agenda? Or as Hillary put it, “What difference, at this point in time, does it make?” especially if Republicans choose a formidable candidate?

James H. Walsh was associate general counsel with the U.S. Department of Justice Immigration and Naturalization Service from 1983 to 1994. Read more reports from James Walsh — Click Here Now.



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