This morning, America’s Voice Executive Director Frank Sharry joined José Díaz-Balart on “The Rundown” to discuss 2016 Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s recent roundtable on immigration.
Díaz-Balart and Sharry discussed Clinton’s promise to expand on President Obama’s 2014 immigration actions, which included the undocumented parents of U.S. citizens and permanent residents, but excluded the parents of DACA recipients.
“I think Hillary Clinton has a case here, that, in fact, there is legal authority to do more,” Sharry said.
Later in the interview, Díaz-Balart asked Sharry about Republican candidate Carly Fiorina’s claim that Clinton’s bold position on immigration is “pandering” to the Latino and immigrant communities.
“Of course it is — and we’re thrilled!” Sharry half-jested. “She saying to the immigrant community, ‘You have been marginalized and invisible for too long. We understand that you’re hard-working family folks.’
“These kids that she met with are valedictorians who want to go to Ivy League schools, but can’t because of their status,” Sharry said about the six DACA recipients who were at the roundtable, including Nevada’s Astrid Silva.
“She’s saying, ‘You are us, and we’re going to treat you like us.’ That is a significant throw-down. If that’s pandering, we’ll take it.”
Sharry echoed what other advocates have said: “She’s made a promise. Of course we have to hold her accountable. Of course we have to keep pushing her.”