Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton bowed to pressure from Hispanic activists Tuesday and apologized for using the term “illegal immigrants” at a town hall earlier this month.
|Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton|
Mrs. Clinton said it had been a “poor choice of words.”
Mrs. Clinton has been pressed to retract her use of a term that offends people who entered the U.S. illegally, according to Hispanic activists who are demanding expanded immigrant rights and citizenship for the country's estimated 11 million illegal immigrants.
She was prodded into an apology during a Facebook question-and-answer session hosted by Spanish language TV network Telemundo. The question came from Jose Antonio Vargas, a filmmaker and journalist whose organization, Define America, has led the charge to remove the term "illegal immigrants" from presidential campaigns.While Republican candidates are increasingly pushed by their base (and Donald Trump) to take unrealistic positions on immigration such as building a wall on the southern border and deporting 11 million people, the Democrats have their own problems on the issue if their base voters will not even tolerate using the perfectly accurate term "illegal immigrants" to describe "illegal immigrants." Clinton's cowering apology to her party's extremists won't sit well with most Americans.