On Tuesday, Hillary Clinton responded to criticism from immigration activists by pledging she would no longer use the term “illegal immigrant.” Clinton was asked about her use of the term by Jose Antonio Vargas during a Q&A session on Facebook held by Telemundo. Vargas is a journalist whose organization, Define American, considers the terminology offensive and has asked all presidential candidates to stop using it. Clinton responded that she will not longer being using the term. “The people at the heart of this issue are children, parents, families, DREAMers. They have names and hopes and dreams that deserve to be respected,” said Clinton. DREAMers take their name from the acronym for legislation that lays out a path to citizenship for immigrants brought into the country illegally as children. At a subsequent rally in Boulder, Colorado, Clinton said the U.S. should allow refugees to enter the the country, after “a strong vetting process,” and that not doing so would not help in the “waging and winning the fight against criminals and killers who misuse religion.” Clinton also met Tuesday with relatives of mass shooting victims, promising to fight for tougher gun control laws. All in all, Clinton appears poised to be the Republicans’ worst nightmare.
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