CNN’s Jake Tapper tried twice to pin down Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook on whether or not Clinton supports sanctuary cities, but he dodged the question both times.
Mook stated that Clinton wants immigration reform, and will remove “violent criminals” from the country, but said that can happen “without tearing families apart.”
Sanctuary cities do not enforce federal immigration laws. Mook beat around the bush, but refused to answer the question, instead saying with comprehensive immigration reform, those who do not have legal status right now can be put on a path to citizenship.
JAKE TAPPER: When it comes to Hillary Clinton, I have to ask about sanctuary cities, cities where they do not enforce federal immigration laws and that sometimes means that people who are criminals who are in this country illegally end up getting free and committing worse crimes. It’s just a fact that this does happen. Does Hillary Clinton consider sanctuary cities to be a problem?
ROBBY MOOK: Well, first of all Jake, as you mentioned, we do think this is a really important difference between both of the candidates and Secretary Clinton has released a comprehensive plan for immigration reform. This is something she has pledged to do in the first hundred days. We cannot have a situation where anybody is coming into this country and committing crimes. And so she has, as I said, put out plans to make sure that we are removing violent criminals from this country but that can happen at the same time that we’re not tearing families apart and that we are making sure that hard working people who have been here for a very long time come out of the shadows, come into the system, pay those back taxes, become citizens and so actually our economy can continue to grow.
TAPPER: I’m not clear though. Does she want to end sanctuary cities or not? You said that people should not be coming into this country illegally but a Clinton campaign spokeswoman last year said quote “Hillary Clinton believes that sanctuary cities can help further public safety and she has defended those policies going back years.” Does she support sanctuary cities or not?
MOOK: Well, I think that’s too narrow a view of the situation. We need comprehensive immigration reform and part of comprehensive immigration reform is making sure that law enforcement has the tools to find these violent criminals and get them out of the country and for people who do not have legal status right now that we put them on that path to citizenship.
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