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Immigration Looming in 2016 Campaign for President

November 2, 2014
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Activists are looking to the future. They want the people who may be running for president to express their views about immigration.

Hillary Clinton is a target of some of the activists. She had a great deal of support from the Latino community in 2008 when she lost the primary election to Barack Obama.

She was asked about her views on the influx of child migrants a few months ago. She said that, if there is a responsible adult to take care of them, they should go back to their families. Advocates said the remark was “insensitive.”

She has been campaigning for other Democrats. At a rally, advocates asked her if she had a “Latino problem.” She said, “I hope not.”

Some of the Senate candidates she supports have not supported immigration reform.

In addition to Ms. Clinton, presidential candidates include Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey, and former Governor Jeb Bush of Florida. Advocates are going to ask all of them for their views on immigration.

Advocates say Ms. Clinton should not take the support of immigrants for granted. President Clinton signed a bill that restricted the rights of undocumented migrants. Ms. Clinton will be asked about that decision.

In 2014, about 25.2 million Latinos will be able to vote in the mid-term elections.

Immigration is not the only issue in the campaign. However, an advocate said it is “the defining” issue for 2016.

Source: The New York Times October 26, 2014

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