Hillary Straddles Border Fence
Nov. 28, 2004- Hillary Clinton at the Clinton Library Opening:
“I don’t think that we have protected our borders or our ports or provided our first responders with the resources they need, so we can do more and we can do better,” Clinton told Fox News Channel’s Greta Van Susteren.
To enhance border security, Clinton explained, “there’s technology now available. There are some advanced radar systems. There are biometric and other kinds of identification systems that we’ve been very slow to deploy and unwilling to spend money on.”
On April 20, 2005- Hillary called for a border security czar:
New York Sen. Hillary Clinton is urging the Bush administration to appoint a border security coordinator who would be responsible for devising a strategy to stop terrorists from entering the U.S. from Canada.
“We know that the northern border is an important gateway for people coming into our country,” Clinton said on Wednesday.
“I don’t think that we have protected our borders or our ports or provided our first responders with the resources they need, so we can do more and we can do better,” Clinton told the Fox News Channel last November, in an indirect swipe at President Bush’s open borders policy.
July 5, 2005- Hillary Clinton Blasts President Bush on Border Security:
In a potentially potent bid to win Red State support in 2008, the former first lady is playing the role of tough cop:
“Our current immigration laws need to be reformed,” she urges. “We need a better solution to the question of illegal immigration which recognizes the conflict between the need to enforce the law, and the reality that too many employers are using undocumented workers today.”
Clinton says that while “this administration has failed to provide the resources to protect our borders, or a better system to keep track of entrants to this country… I welcome the addition of more border security.”
July 16, 2005- Hillary Clinton, Charles Schumer Nix Border Security Bill:
New York’s two senators, Hillary Clinton and Charles Schumer – who have been complaining since the London bombing attacks that the federal government hasn’t done enough to protect the U.S. from terrorists – voted against legislation to enhance border security on Thursday.
Clinton and Schumer turned thumbs down on two amendments to a Department of Homeland Security spending bill, which, according to the Washington Times, would have funded plans for 2,000 new Border Patrol agents and more than 5,000 new detention beds to house illegal aliens.
* Authorizes sections of fencing (totaling 698 miles) along the southwest border
* Creates a new electronic employment verification system modeled on the Basic Pilot Program
* Repeals the “visa lottery”
* Reaffirms state and local law enforcement’s inherent authority to assist in the enforcement of immigration laws
* Adds new penalties for certain immigration-related crimes, including alien smuggling and passport fraud
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, a potential White House candidate in 2008, alleged that some Republicans are trying to create a “police state” to round up illegal immigrants.
On February 11, 2005- Nearly 12 million illegal immigrants now live in the USA, with 500,000 entering each year since 2000, says a new study by the Pew Hispanic Center.