Democratic nomination hopefuls debate immigration policies
Immigration reform was a major topic at a town hall meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada on Thursday, February 18 as both Democratic candidates for president – former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders – sought to convince Nevada’s Hispanic population that their policies and plans would be the best match to address such a controversial issue.
Sanders, who promised to pass comprehensive immigration reform, said, “My immigration policy is to unite families, not to divide families.” While he made a point to remind viewers that he would need the help of Congress to pass such reforms, he concluded by commenting on the serious nature of the issue, and acknowledging the “11 million people in the shadows.”
Clinton went the more direct route, saying she would do away with rules under the current immigration law known as the three- and ten-year provisions, which stipulate that illegal immigrants who have family members who are citizens have to wait three or ten years outside of the country before they can come back and be granted a green card.
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