Bill Clinton condemns fear of immigrants in commencement speech

Bill Clinton condemns fear of immigrants in commencement speech
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Former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonShould the Rob Porter outcome set the standard? Make the compromise: Ending chain migration is a small price to legalize Dreamers Assessing Trump's impeachment odds through a historic lens MORE during a commencement address Sunday talked about the importance of diversity in the country. The former president blasted anti-immigration policies and "us and them" models without placing any blame on other politicians.

"Diverse groups make better decisions," Clinton said during his commencement speech at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Time reported.


"I am not arguing for any specific position," he continued. "I am just trying to say you don't need a world that will put the American experiment… in peril by saying us and them is a better model than by expanding the definition of us and shrinking the definition of them."

During the address, the former president also said the country shouldn't put into place policies that isolate certain groups, specifically naming Muslims. 

"Does it mean we shouldn't be tough on terrorism committed by Islamic radicals? Of course not," Clinton said.

"But it means we shouldn’t go around in a blind stupor mixing apples and oranges and terrifying some of the talented, most devoted people in this country who want to make their contribution and who help make us better because diverse groups make better decisions.”

Clinton talked about the work of former President George W. Bush, who served in office before him.

"We have disagreed over everything, but he's not afraid of immigrants," Clinton said. "He knows we need them."

The former president also told the graduating class that there were no permanent victories or defeats, but rather lives of "permanent possibilities."