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Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) speaks to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce at their Legislative Luncheon in Washington April 5, 2006. Clinton spoke about the on going debate on immigration and the need for health care reform.

New York Daily News: Border battler

Hillary wants to build a U.S.-Mexico fence first — and she’s right

Apart from a well-chosen warning about criminalizing Jesus, Sen. Hillary Clinton hasn’t waded too deeply into the details of the immigration mess. Until now.

In an interview Friday, she cited specific goals that could, and hopefully will, become the heart of bipartisan legislation that might actually fix this national crisis.

A fence or a wall? She’s for it.

Right. Let’s see what amendments to the Kennedy-McCain bill she will support. The polls show overwhelming support for border security first and “earned citizenship” only after the border is tightened and Hillary can read polls.

“I would not support it if the legislation was just for border security and we had to come back to Congress for everything else,” she said. “We need to structure it as one piece of comprehensive legislation, with a staged implementation.” For example, she said, the legalization process could begin “12 to 24 months” after border control measures take effect.

As for how to stem the tide of illegal immigrants, “A physical structure is obviously important,” she said. “A wall in certain areas would be appropriate,” as long as it was not a “dumb wall” that could be scaled or tunneled. Advocating “smart fencing,” she added, “There is technology that would be in the fence that could spot people coming from 250 or 300 yards away and signal patrol agents who could respond.”

She also talked of using drones and infrared cameras and, when asked, agreed that Israel’s anti-terror wall, which she has seen, might help guide the U.S.

Hillary panders for votes like Bill Clinton.

What will be her final position on the illegal immigration bills?

Stay focused on the polls – she will be for that plan.


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