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O’Malley campaign: Clinton ‘flat-out wrong’ on border security

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley’s Democratic presidential campaign is blasting rival Hillary Clinton as “flat-out wrong” for supporting fences along America’s borders.

“Secretary Clinton bragging about building a border fence over in New Hampshire today is exactly the kind of outdated, intolerant thinking that the Democratic Party cannot represent,” O’Malley for President spokeswoman Gabi Domenzain said in a statement.

{mosads}“It is flat-out wrong to hear Secretary Clinton echo failed policy and sentiments that are more at home in the Republican Party, especially when their field is fueled by intolerance and false hysteria towards immigration,” she said.

“The Democratic Party must be the party that embraces new American immigrants, and that’s just the kind of principled leadership that Governor O’Malley has always shown,” Domenzain added. “He understands that the enduring symbol of our nation isn’t the barbed wire fence — it’s the Statue of Liberty.”  

The O’Malley campaign’s attack follows Clinton’s remarks Monday night touting her work funding border fences during her Senate tenure.

“I voted numerous times when I was a senator to spend money to build a barrier to try to prevent illegal immigrants from coming in,” she said during a town hall. “And I do think you have to control your borders.

“But I think that it’s also true that we need to do more to try to number one, deal with the people who are already here, many of whom have been here for decades,” Clinton added. “It is just never going to happen that we’re going to round up and deport 11 or 12 million people.

“I don’t care how tall the wall is or how big the door is, that is never going to happen. And I think that’s an unnecessarily provocative thing to say.” 

Tags border security Democrats Hillary Clinton Illegal immigration Martin O'Malley
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