Open-Borders Bombshell In Clinton's Leaked Speeches
Oct. 11th, 2016
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According to Politico, Hillary Clinton professed aspirations for an open-borders hemisphere in at least one of her recently-leaked paid speeches:
dream is a hemispheric common market, with open trade and open borders,
some time in the future with energy that is as green and sustainable as
we can get it, powering growth and opportunity for every person in the
hemisphere,' Clinton told a Brazilian bank in 2013."
she sought to burnish her image as an advocate of working America, Mrs.
Clinton declared her opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Mr.
Obama's 12-nation trade pact, and distanced herself from Nafta, which
her husband signed into law.
But in a 2013 speech to a Brazilian
bank, Mrs. Clinton took a far different approach. 'My dream,' she said,
'is a hemispheric common market, with open borders, sometime in the
Neither the moderators nor Trump raised Clinton's open-border comments in the debate Sunday night, but Jake Tapper asked her running mate, Tim Kaine, about it:
What about her position on borders? She says her dream - in this
document - her dream is a hemispheric common market with open borders.
Is that something that in the Clinton-Kaine administration we would see,
Kaine wouldn't say "yes" or "no" - replying only that he and Clinton "believe in comprehensive immigration reform"
that includes border security. Kaine pointed to the 2013 Schumer-Rubio
bill as an example. That bill would have doubled legal immigration and
guest workers programs, weakened existing visa-enforcement law, and
replaced E-Verify with a new verification system to be phased in at
least 5 years after enactment (depending on groups suing to stop
A spokesperson for the Clinton campaign told the Daily Caller that Clinton's 2013 open borders statement was about "energy policy."
stated earlier in her campaign that her administration would not
enforce legal limits on immigration except when violators were
considered security threats, according to the Washington Post:
are not going to be deporting hardworking people and breaking up
families,' Clinton said. 'I've been on record for a year-and-a-half
about this, and that will be how I direct the Department of Homeland
Security to act.'"
Neil Munro puts Clinton's open-borders comments in a labor context:
Immigration redistributes approximately $500 billion a year from wage-earners to the investor class, according to the National Academy of Sciences.
And pundits acknowledge that the disconnect between Main Street and
Wall Street over immigration has become a presidential election issue,
as Chris Matthews elucidates on Morning Joe (starting at the 6:45 minute mark):
lot of this support for Trump, with all his flaws which he displays
regularly, is about the country - patriotic feelings people have, they
feel like the country has been let down. Our elite leaders on issues
like immigration, they don't regulate any immigration it seems....It's
patriotic. They believe in their country. ....I think that is so deep
with people that they're looking at a guy who's flawed as hell like
Trump and at least it's a way of saying I am really angry about the way
the elite has treated my country. And it's so deep that it overwhelms
all the bad stuff from Trump. It's that strong. It's a strong force
compelled to compete with Hillary Clinton for the title of most
congenial to illegal immigrants. And now Clinton, who as a senator
declared she was "adamantly against illegal immigrants" because she
understood their negative effects, has committed herself to the all-in
writes that mass immigration is attractive to wealthy elites mainly as a
way to keep the costs of services down but cautions that open-borders
rhetoric could ultimately "weaken national unity, to the benefit of sub-national racism, ethnocentrism, and regionalism." This, is what T.A. Frank dubs "the nightmare."
Lind writes that open-borders rhetoric alone serves a specific purpose:
rhetoric about a borderless, post-national world is intended mostly to
justify policies undertaken by local national governments, not the
United Nations or some other global agency. These policies include
making it easier for corporations to offshore production or
services....and suppressing wages to the benefit of some employers and
some consumers by increasing immigration, both skilled and unskilled."
has promised an immigration increase within the first 100 days of her
administration. Whether she ultimately aspires to a "hemispheric common market, with open trade and open borders" is now a legitimate question that her campaign has yet to straightforwardly answer.