Hillary Clinton: LGBT Illegal Aliens 'Deserve a Higher Level of Care'

By CNSNews.com Staff | May 9, 2015 | 10:09am EDT

Speaking at a forum at Rancho High School in Las Vegas, Nev., on Tuesday, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton answered questions about how she thinks the government should deal with the LGBT illegal aliens in the United States. 

Here is an excerpt from her presentation:

Question: I'm 26 years and I have been here since I was one year old. I graduated this summer with a degree in psychology and criminal justice. And, unfortunately, when I was 15 years old, both my parents and I we received orders for deportation. And since that day we have lived in fear.

Thankfully, because of deferred action, I have some relief, but unfortunately, I can't do the same thing from my parents. Unless the lawsuit again, stop or is dropped, my parents' future isn't secure here in United States. And as a current documented immigrant here in the United States, I stand firmly with the 50,000 undocumented transgender immigrants in this country who lack resources to get any legal representation to file within the one-year deadline for asylum.

So my question, Secretary Clinton, is would you lift the one-year deadline for asylum-seekers?

Hillary Clinton: Well, I think there's several things about that question that I'd like to answer. One is I think that people in the immigration system should be represented. And we have made some progress on that, but not enough. And so I am in favor, particularly for young people, to have representation.

I'd like everyone to have it. But if we have to, you know, try to prioritize, I would like young people, I would like people from vulnerable populations, who would otherwise not have the support that they need. And I don't think there's anything magic about the one- year. I think that as part of comprehensive reform, we need to look at how we make our entire system more humane.

I also am very worried about detention and detention facilities for people who are vulnerable, and four children, that I think we could do a better job if we kept detention to people who have a record of violence, illegal behavior and that we have a different approach toward people who are not in that category. And I don't think we should put, you know, children and vulnerable people into big detention facilities because I think they are at risk. I think that their physical and mental health are at risk.

So, these are issues that we should go as far as we can to get the resources to provide support and particularly representation and change some of our detention processes within the kind of discretion that I think the president has exercised with his executive orders. But it's also clear as the president has said many times a lot of these issues can only be resolved once and for all if we have changes in the law.

So, I want to protect people. I want more humane treatment. No matter how the law currently is written or how it's enforced. And to put the resources behind doing that and then continue to fight for comprehensive reform. Thank you. ….

Question: For me, if there's 276,000 undocumentedLGBT immigrants here in the United States, around 15 to 50 of them are trans. So as a lesbian woman, I'd like to know how we can protect our trans brothers and sisters from being put into institutions where they don't identify with their gender identity?

Clinton: Well, that's what Rafael was also referring to earlier. And look I think that we have to do more to provide safe environments for vulnerable populations. And that certainly includes the LGBT community, also includes children, and it includes unaccompanied children. There are just--there are groups of people who I think we deserve a higher level of care, because of the situations that they are finding themselves in.

I also think that we have to reform our detention system. I've, you know, I'm not sure a lot of Americans know that a lot of the detention facilities for immigrants are run by private companies and that they have a built in incentive to fill them up, that there is actually a legal requirement that so many beds be filled. So people go out and round up people in order to get paid on a per bed basis. I mean that just makes no sense at all to me. I mean that's not the way we should be running any detention facility.

So I think there is a lot we have to do to change what is currently happening and to try to put us on a path toward a better, fairer, or more humane system for everybody. Yes.

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