After Avoiding Immigration Issue for Months, Hillary Clinton Praises Obama's Order
With the midterm 2014 elections behind us, the race for the White House will likely be its longest ever. There are reports that Hillary Clinton will announce she will seek the presidency in January.
If there's one thing Americans expect from their president, it's leadership. That's why Obama's executive order, while coming late and failing to be as comprehensive as it should be, was viewed positively by most progressives. The President decisively acted on an issue where Congress was failing to lead.
But while Obama had been prepping executive action for months, Clinton, who may soon be vying to succeed him, avoided any leadership on the issue, praising it only after the executive order was issued.
For months, the DREAMers, a group of young Latino and/or undocumented immigrants, petitioned Clinton at various campaign stops to support executive action, and she ignored them each time.
The first occasion was in Iowa, where a group of DREAMers asked both Clintons to support executive action during an autograph signing. As soon as they heard the question, they turned away. Watch it:
The next occasion was at a Kay Hagan campaign event. Clinton ignored the protest by DREAMers during a campaign speech, not even commenting on the issue:
Clinton ignored the DREAMers during a Maryland campaign event. Watch it:
Clinton's refusal to lead on a key progressive issue is telling. It shows the same political nature that led her to support the Iraq war.
There is one potential 2016 candidate who showed no such calculation. The Iowa DREAMers asked Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) about executive action back in September. “I believe he should've acted,” said Sanders, not only endorsing Obama using executive action but stating that it should've been done then, pre-election.