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Hillary: Obama Tackled Deportation Laws 'Very Aggressively'

Hillary: Obama Tackled Deportation Laws 'Very Aggressively'
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By    |   Tuesday, 06 October 2015 03:47 PM

Hillary Clinton faulted her former boss for interpreting deportation laws "very aggressively during the last six-and-a-half years," saying President Barack Obama's strategy didn't work, and led instead to "breaking up families."

In an interview that aired Sunday and Monday with Telemundo News' María Celeste Arrarás, Clinton said she won't go down that road if elected president, promising to push for comprehensive immigration reform "as soon as" she gets into office.

"I think he's done a lot," Clinton said, according to a transcript provided by the network. "But I also think because the deportation laws were interpreted and enforced, you know, very aggressively during the last six and a half years...."

Obama promised to push for immigration reform early in his presidency, but the legislative battle didn't begin until 2013 – and in the meantime, deportation figures rose to record levels.

Clinton called the Obama administration plan "part of a strategy" to get "Republicans to support comprehensive immigration reform."

Though the Senate passed a comprehensive bill, the House never took up the bill or any others aimed at limiting Obama's authority or ending deportation relief programs.

"I think that strategy is no longer workable," Clinton said. "I think we have to go back to being a much less harsh and aggressive enforcer. We need to, of course, take care of felons and violent people.  … But I have met too many people in our country who were upright, productive people who maybe had some … minor offense.... And they were hauled in and deported…. I just don't believe in that.  I think everybody is entitled to a second chance."

"But in the meantime, I'm not gonna be breaking up families," she added. "And I think that is one of the differences.  … I totally understand why the Obama administration felt as though they did what they did under the circumstances. But I think we've learned that the Republicans, at least the current crop, are just not acting in good faith."

Clinton promised, however, to defend Obama's executive actions on immigration and instruct her Department of Homeland Security secretary to conduct a review of the law within the first 100 days of her presidency.

Republicans, including front-runner Donald Trump, have called for mass deportations or driving out the entire undocumented population, including immigrants whose children were born in the United States and are citizens.

Others, including former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, say undocumented immigrants should be allowed legal status, but no special pathway to citizenship. All of the GOP candidates have called for Obama's executive actions on immigration to be eventually abolished.

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Hillary Clinton faulted her former boss for interpreting deportation laws "very aggressively during the last six-and-a-half years," saying President Barack Obama's strategy didn't work, and led instead to "breaking up families."
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