Two days after she made a policy speech about illegal immigration saying that a comprehensive immigration bill must include a path to "full and equal citizenship," the RNC YouTube site posted an audiotape (see below) of a 2003 interview with radio host John Gambling where Hillary Clinton says she is anti-Illegal immigrant and that people should stop hiring them.
"I am, you know, adamantly against illegal immigrants," she declared in the interview.
She also railed against businesses that hire illegals: "People have to stop employing illegal immigrants." She complained about seeing illegal immigrants "in the street corners in Brooklyn or the Bronx – you’re going to see loads of people waiting to get picked up to go do yard work and construction work and domestic work."
Ms. Clinton, reportedly told an audience on Tuesday:
"This is where I differ with everybody on the Republican side. Make no mistake, today not a single Republican candidate, announced or potential, is clearly and consistently supporting a path to citizenship. Not one," Clinton said, adding, "When they talk about legal status, that is code for second-class status.
She even went so far as to say that, given the opportunity, she would make executive orders granting amnesty for illegal immigrants that go further than the one President Obama made a few months back.
Ms. Clinton's stance may or may not differ from that of her potential 2016 opponents, but it definitely differs from what she told John Gambling in 2003. In November 2004, Newsmax published an article called, "Hillary Eyeing Immigration as Top 2008 Issue," that covered more of the Gambling interview than revealed on the audio tape, including an ID system not only for immigrants, but for all Americans.
Unnoticed by the big media, Sen. Clinton has been cultivating the immigration issue since last year.
In a February 2003 interview that went unreported except by Newsmax, Clinton told WABC Radio's John Gambling, "I am, you know, adamantly against illegal immigrants."
"Clearly, we have to make some tough decisions as a country," the top Democrat warned. "And one of them ought to be coming up with a much better entry and exit system so that if we're going to let people in for the work that otherwise would not be done, let's have a system that keeps track of them."
Taking a position far to the right of the Bush administration, Sen. Clinton said she would support "at least a visa ID, some kind of an entry and exit ID. And, you know, perhaps, although I'm not a big fan of it, we might have to move towards an ID system even for citizens."
The former first lady also railed against business owners who employ undocumented workers:
"People have to stop employing illegal immigrants," she told WABC. "I mean, come up to Westchester, go to Suffolk and Nassau counties, stand on the street corners in Brooklyn or the Bronx [and] you're going to see loads of people waiting to get picked up to go do yard work and construction work and domestic work."
Over a decade ago, a system was developed to screen those who comes in and out of the country without forcing all Americans to carry ID cards. As explained by Michelle Malkin:
In the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Bush administration created NSEERS, the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System. Administered and championed by Justice Department constitutional lawyer, immigration enforcement expert and now-Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, NSEERS stopped at least 330 known foreign criminals and three known terrorists who had attempted to come into the country at certain official ports of entry.
NSEERS required higher scrutiny and common-sense registration requirements for individuals from jihad-friendly countries including Afghanistan, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Libya, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Syria and Yemen, as well as other at-risk countries. The basic components included a more rigorous application process in light of the shoddy visa questionnaires and undetected overstays of the 9/11 hijackers; 30 extra minutes of interviewing at ports of entry; a digital fingerprint check and in-person registration after they arrived in the interior of the country; and verification of departure once they exited.
In 2011, the NSEERS pilot program was suspended indefinitely because it was deemed to ethnically profile.