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Clinton's Migration Comments Cause a Stir

She urges Europe to send the message that it can't continue to 'provide refuge'
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 23, 2018 12:47 PM CST
Hillary Clinton delivers her keynote speech at the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights, at Oxford University's Mansfield College in Oxford, England, on Oct. 9, 2018.   (Dominic Lipinski/PA via AP)
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(Newser) – Hillary Clinton has managed to simultaneously surprise her critics on the right and her supporters on the left with new comments about migration in Europe. In an interview with the Guardian, Clinton discussed the rise of right-wing populists—she includes President Trump in that mix—and said they won't be held in check until nations get tougher on migration. Clinton has long voiced support for refugees, and her comments seemed to go against her previous views:

  • The quote: "I admire the very generous and compassionate approaches that were taken, particularly by leaders like Angela Merkel," said Clinton, "but I think it is fair to say Europe has done its part, and must send a very clear message—'we are not going to be able to continue [to] provide refuge and support'—because if we don't deal with the migration issue, it will continue to roil the body politic."
  • Elaborating: "I think Europe needs to get a handle on migration because that is what lit the flame," said Clinton, referring to how the issue of immigration has inflamed voters. She said, for example, that immigration was largely responsible for the controversial Brexit vote.

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