Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump criticizes Justice for restoring McCabe's benefits Biden sends 'best wishes' to Clinton following hospitalization The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Altria - Jan. 6 panel flexes its muscle MORE made a categorical promise during Wednesday’s Democratic presidential debate in Miami that as president she will not deport a single child or illegal immigrant who doesn't have a criminal record.
Facing intense questioning from moderator Jorge Ramos of Univision, Clinton made the blanket pledge that no undocumented child would be deported under her presidency.
“If you really don't want to be the next deporter in chief [the label some immigration activists have applied to President Obama], can you promise tonight that you won't deport children and that you won't deport immigrants that don't have a criminal record?” Ramos asked in the CNN/Univision debate in Miami Wednesday night.
Clinton distanced her immigration policies from President Obama's, suggesting hers would be more liberal.
“I do not have the same policy as the current administration does,” Clinton said. “I think it's important that we move to a comprehensive immigration reform but at the same time stop the raids, stop the round-ups, stop the deporting of people who are living here doing their lives, doing their jobs.”
Ramos pressed her further at that point.
“I want to be very specific,” Ramos said. “So you're telling us tonight that if you become president, you won't deport children who are already here?”
“I will not,” Clinton replied.
“And that you will not deport immigrants who don't have a criminal record?" Ramos asked.
“That's what I'm telling you,” Clinton said.