Clinton claims US has done good job securing the border and there are “more pressing issues in the state” than immigration.
In an exclusive interview with Phoenix’s KTAR, Hillary Clinton, Democratic presidential candidate and former secretary of state, said the United States has done a “really good job” of securing the border between Arizona and Mexico.
“I think we’ve done a really good job securing the border,” she said. “I think that those who say we haven’t are not paying attention to what was done the last 15 years under President (George W.) Bush and President (Barack) Obama.”
From KTAR: Clinton said the federal government has added both border officers and obstructions, while the number of people attempting to cross the border has dropped.
“Immigration from Mexico has dropped considerably,” she said. ”It’s just not happening anymore.”
Clinton, the Democratic front-runner, was speaking just days before a campaign event in Phoenix.
She said Arizona has some challenges to overcome. While she would like to work toward comprehensive immigration reform, she said there are more pressing issues in the state.
“I think the No. 1 issue is getting the economy growing again with more good jobs and rising incomes,” she said. “I think that goes hand in hand with good education and good health care.”
(Read more at KTAR)