Extending complete support to President Barack Obama’s executive actions planned for reforming the weak US immigration policy, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton called it a “historic step” in direction of providing protection to about five million illegal immigrants in the country.
“I think the president took a historic step and I support it,” Clinton said in her first public remark over the issue shortly after Obama’s speech on Thursday night.
Clinton observed the severe opposition faced by the proposed immigration reforms and urged the Congress to pursue an initiative approved by the Senate in 2013.
While talking about the government’s efforts in the families’ context, she said that many of such immigrants have been longtime residents of the United States, who have been raising their children, paying taxes to the government as other Americans and following the law of land.
“This is about people’s lives. It was about people who serve us tonight, who prepared the food tonight,” Clinton said on Friday at the New York Historical Society during a public appearance.
The United States will also witness the race for country’s top most presidential post in 2016 and Clinton is being seen as a frontrunner.
Even though Clinton has not revealed her mind in this regard, but she will take the final call by early next year.
Clinton’s embrace of the actions of the president come in sharp contrast to Republican’s opposition of the changes that he has ordered. There are many Republicans in Congress who accuse Obama of executive power violation.