Democrats Clash Over 2007 Immigration Vote

By Associate Press

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are clashing over a 2007 vote on an immigration overhaul bill.

The dispute in Thursday’s Democratic debate came after both Clinton and Sanders blasted Republicans for opposing the liberalization of immigration laws and a path to citizenship for an estimated 11 million people who are living here illegally.

In 2007, both Sanders and Clinton were serving in the Senate. Sanders voted against the immigration bill, saying in the debate he did so over humanitarian concerns related to guest worker provisions he says were akin to slavery.

Clinton voted for the bill.

While they clashed over that vote, they both agree there needs to be comprehensive immigration reform. Sanders says, “We have got to stand up to the Trumps of the world who are trying to divide us up.”

And Clinton says she hopes “some of the Republicans will come to their senses and realize we will not deport 11 to 12 million people in this country.”

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