Last week, former Secretary of the State and First Lady Hillary Clinton spoke at a girls’ empowerment forum held in the Lower Eastside Girls Club in New York City. The event was sponsored by the Clinton Foundation, and during the question and answer session Clinton was asked what she could do to remedy the nation’s flawed immigration system. The young woman who posed the question to Clinton was an undocumented immigrant who aspires to one day earn her college degree. Clinton, along with many other liberal politicians today, believes that immigration reform should be a major priority this election year.
The young undocumented immigrant said that the stigma of her status has stifled her ability to break through the glass ceiling, even more so than other women her age. Clinton acknowledged that immigration reform is one of the major ways the U.S. can bring talented women into the workforce.
“I’m a huge supporter of immigration reform and a path to citizenship and will continue to advocate for that,” Clinton said. “I believe strongly we are missing a great opportunity by not welcoming people like you and 11 million others who have made contributions to our country into a legal status so you don’t have to worry, you can go to school, you can work, you can pursue your dreams.”
Clinton’s vocal and public support of immigration reform couldn’t come at a better time. Speaker of the House John Boehner recently announced to donors and fundraisers that the Republican-led House of Representatives will be pushing for immigration reform before November elections. If the Republicans want to make progress on this issue, they will have to work with the Obama Administration on tricky topics like border enforcement and adjusted immigration policies for work visas.