Democratic presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have sparred over who is more committed to US immigration reform at a presidential debate in Miami. Debating on Wednesday evening, a few days before Florida’s crucial primary election, both candidates promised they would not deport undocumented immigrants without criminal records.
Clinton and Sanders took turns thrashing Republican frontrunner Donald Trump for his vow to round up and kick out millions of undocumented immigrants, with Clinton accusing him of “trafficking in paranoia”. “I think the American people are never going to elect a president who insults Mexicans, who insults Muslims, who insults women, who insults African-Americans,” Sanders said.
Earlier on Wednesday, Republican leaders opposed to Trump becoming the party’s presidential candidate in the November US election warned that the billionaire businessman could become unstoppable if he wins two crucial nominating contests next week. Clinton got some laughs by saying that Trump wants to build “a beautiful, tall wall” that will “magically” be paid for by the Mexican government.
Her comments came in response to a question on whether her vote as a New York senator to build a wall on the southern border differs from Trump’s plan, which she has called ridiculous. Clinton said responsible legislators chose to improve border security with more agents and some fencing when needed, and as a result the country has lower rates of illegal immigration.