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Hillary Clinton responds to backlash over Europe migration comments

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Former
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Friday responded to
criticism over recent comments she made on migration in
Europe.

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  • On Friday, Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
    responded to backlash over her controversial call for European
    leaders to curb migration in order to thwart the rising tide of
    populism. 
  • Clinton called for immigration reform on
    “both sides of the Atlantic.”
  • In an interview with
    The Guardian
    published on Thursday, Clinton suggested
    European leaders should refuse to offer “refuge and support” to
    migrants if they hope to stop right-wing populists from
    continuing to gain influence. 

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Friday responded to
backlash over her controversial call for European leaders to curb
migration in order to thwart
the rising tide of right-wing populism.

In a series of tweets, Clinton called for immigration reform on
“both
sides of the Atlantic.”

Clinton, who was the Democratic nominee for president in 2016,
said, “I have always been and remain a staunch advocate of
comprehensive immigration reform that’s true to our values and
treats every person with dignity, provides a pathway to full and
equal citizenship and brings millions of hardworking people into
the formal economy, fixes the family visa backlog, upholds the
rule of law, and protects our borders and national
security.”

She went on to accuse the Republican party of using
immigration to “divide” the country, and said President Donald
Trump has “made it worse” with “cruel abuses at the border,” such
as his widely decried family separation policy. 

Clinton also condemned European leaders like Hungarian
President Viktor Orban for exploiting the “challenge” of
migration by stoking “fear and resentment.” 


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She said that both Europe and the US need reform that does
not involve “open borders” but “immigration laws enforced with
fairness and respect for human rights.”

“Democracy hangs in the balance on both sides of Atlantic
and we need to save it. Can’t just keep doing the same things,”
Clinton added. 

In an interview with
The Guardian
published on Thursday, Clinton suggested
European leaders should refuse to offer “refuge and support” to
migrants if they hope to stop right-wing populists from
continuing to gain influence. 

“I think Europe needs to get a handle on migration because
that is what lit the flame,” Clinton said.

Clinton faced significant criticism over these remarks,
particularly on social media, including from some of her
staunchest supporters. 

Peter Daou, a former adviser to Clinton, tweeted,
Why is #HillaryClinton playing into the hands of
right-wing haters? The problem isn’t the migrants, it’s the
xenophobes. I try to avoid politics on #Thanksgiving but
this is just wrong.”

Similarly, Rep. Pramila Jayapal, a liberal Washington State
lawmaker, 
tweeted, “Deeply
misguided and unfortunate comment from someone who must know
better.”

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