Second, Clinton pledged to uphold Obama’s court-challenged unilateral executive edict giving legal protection to the parents of many of those children.
“I will fight to stop partisan attacks on the executive actions that would put Dreamers … at risk of deportation,” Clinton said. “And if Congress continues to refuse to act, as president I would do everything possible under the law to go even further … and deal with some of these other issues, like the re-unification of families that were here and that have been split up.”
Third, Clinton promised citizenship to the roughly 12 million immigrants in the country illegally. “We can’t wait any longer,” she said. “We can’t wait any longer for a path to full and equal citizenship.”
And fourth, just as important as what Clinton said was what she did not say. The key to making any immigration changes, for many voters, is to increase security at the border and institute real interior enforcement; it seems likely voters would accept some combination of security and legalization. But did Clinton talk about that in her Cinco de Mayo presentation? No.