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In new web video, Hillary Clinton slams Jeb Bush on immigration comments

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On the campaign trail this year, Hillary Clinton has gone all in on backing the Latino community when it comes to immigration policy.

She’s pledged to uphold President Barack Obama‘s executive action shielding up to 5 million undocumented immigrants and she’s come out in full support of providing the 11 to 13 million undocumented a full path to citizenship.

In the process, she has slammed Jeb Bush, chastising him for only being in support of a pathway to legal status, and not outright citizenship.

In McAllen, Texas, on Monday, Bush attempted to clean up the controversy over the use of the term “anchor babies” last week, but ended up alienating an other ethic group when he said the term was “frankly, more related to Asian people.”

Democratic U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz of Hawaii called on the Republican presidential candidate to “immediately retract his statements and apologize to the Asian community for his insensitive behavior.”

And Donald Trump tweeted on Tuesday that, “In a clumsy move to get out of his “anchor babies” dilemma, where he signed that he would not use the term and now uses it, he blamed ASIANS.”

On Monday night, the Clinton campaign released a video comparing Bush’s rhetoric on immigration to Trump.

In a prepared statement, Hillary for America Director of Hispanic Media Jorge Silva said:

Following Donald Trump’s tour of the Texas border, Jeb Bush decided to follow his lead once again by touring the South Texas border to discuss his opposition to a pathway to citizenship and doubling down on the hateful term “anchor babies” when describing the children of immigrants. The Jeb Bush that will visit the border today is not the same Jeb Bush that many in the Latino community thought they knew.

Bush now opposes a path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants and supports creating a second class status for families. He has also made it one of his top five priorities to repeal the President’s executive actions that protect DREAMers and stop families from being torn apart. And following the lead of several other Republican candidates, he’s used the derogatory term “anchor baby” when talking about American children of undocumented parents.

These days, there’s not much daylight between Jeb Bush and his Republican colleagues when it comes to immigration. Since launching his presidential campaign, Bush has proven with his extreme, out-of-touch views that he’ll do anything to outdo Donald Trump and Scott Walker.”

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.

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