Hillary Clinton: 'You Have to Control Your Borders'

November 10, 2015

Hillary Clinton said Monday that she supports building a barrier and controlling borders, echoing the sentiments of her Republican rivals whom she has also referred to as terrorists.

When one voter asked Clinton about her stance on securing the Mexican border, she talked about her support for strong border security during her time as senator of New York.

"I was wondering what you think about securing the Mexican border with some of the illegal immigrants that come in," the voter said.

"Well, look, I voted numerous times when I was a senator to spend money to build a barrier, to try to prevent illegal immigrants from coming in," Clinton said. And I do think you have to control your borders."

Clinton's answer stands in contrast to her move left to match avowed Democratic socialist Bernie Sanders on major issues such as the Keystone XL pipeline, trade, and same-sex marriage.

Her right-leaning response also stands in tension with her avowed pledge last week to go further than President Obama on immigration reform.

At the event last week, she promised to exercise executive power on deportation relief for undocumented immigrants. She simultaneously compared her strong support for immigration reform to her Republican rivals.

"This is where I differ from everybody on the Republican side," she said. "Make no mistake. Today, not a single Republican candidate–announced or potentia—is clearly and consistently supporting a path to citizenship. Not one."

Her stance on border security, however, added to Sen. Rand Paul's (R., Ky.) claim last week that she is a "neocon. "

Clinton has worked to win the Hispanic vote since 2008, when she won the Hispanic vote over President Barack Obama by an almost two-to-one margin.