Clinton Files Show Few Changes in Immigration Debate

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Thousands of pages of previously withheld documents from the Clinton administration were released on Friday, providing the public with proposed:

The strategy was to isolate the White House from Republican attacks claiming it was soft on illegal immigration. How? Beef up border security! Epstein’s advice about hiring a Latino to carry out a border crackdown comes across as cringeworthy, at best. (That idea didn’t come to fruition under Clinton).

At the same time, Epstein wanted to “pummel” Wilson as the one who was truly responsible for immigrants without papers flowing across the southern border.

The immigration debate has changed in the last 20 years. With the emergence of Hispanic voters as a true power, Democrats (and a growing number of Republicans) now strive to project a more immigrant-friendly image. The Senate last year passed a bipartisan bill that would grant a pathway to citizenship to millions of undocumented immigrants.

But in even more ways, things haven’t seemed to change at all. A Republican governor passing a harsh anti-immigrant measure that proved to be a self-inflicted wound? Check. A Democratic White House looking to prove to skeptics that it’s not soft on “border security”? Check.

Has this arrangement run its course? That’s a good question to put to Hillary Clinton as she weighs her own presidential bid.