By Lisa Hagen - 11/24/15 01:31 PM EST
Former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonVulnerable NH Republican ties reelection bid to Trump Top five Supreme Court cases to watch Trump gives Lester Holt a C grade for debate MORE on Tuesday vowed to refrain from using the term “illegal” when discussing undocumented immigrants, saying it “was a poor choice of words.”
In a Noticias Telemundo Facebook Q&A with the Democratic presidential front-runner, immigration rights activist Jose Antonio Vargas referred to a campaign speech in which Clinton used the term “illegal immigrants” when addressing immigration reform.
Clinton responded, “Yes, I will. As I’ve said throughout this campaign, 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.”
“I’ve talked about undocumented immigrants hundreds of times and fought for years for comprehensive immigration reform,” Clinton continued in her Facebook response. “We are a country built by immigrants and our diversity makes us stronger as a nation — it’s something to be proud of, celebrate, and defend. -H.”
As immigration reform has become a hot-button issue in the 2016 election, there have been repeated calls for politicians to shy away from using “illegal” when describing undocumented immigrants. They say the term is offensive.
The Associated Press issued a change in the AP Stylebook in April to refrain from using the term.
Vargas, previously a journalist at the Washington Post and Huffington Post, in 2011 revealed his status as an undocumented immigrant. He has since been one of the public faces of the immigration reform effort.
- Updated at 2:29 p.m.