Clinton pledges path to citizenship in PHX rally

Posted at 12:51 PM, Mar 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-22 09:46:45-04

Hillary Clinton held a rally at Carl T. Hayden High School Monday, a day ahead of the state's Presidential Preference election.


The presidential front-runner discussed "her plans to break down racial, social and economic barriers for families as president." She also outlined her plans for education and immigration reform.

Clinton supporters started lining up early Monday morning at the school. They said her choice of location symbolized her commitment to the Hispanic community. 

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Clinton did not disappoint as she pledged comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship, while calling out Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

"We are a nation of immigrants and exiles who came here for better opportunities and for our human rights," Clinton said. "When I see people, like Sheriff Arpaio and others, who are treating fellow human beings with such disrespect and such contempt, it just makes my heart sink. We are better than that."

Clinton won Arizona when she campaigned for the Democratic presidential nomination against then-senator Barack Obama in 2008. This year, she had a strong lead in polls in Arizona against Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders leading up to Tuesday's election.

"It seems like she has a lot of support, and I have to recognize that she's very gutsy," Darlene Rubio, of Camp Verde, said.

Former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords attended Monday's rally, which was Clinton's only public rally in Arizona this primary season.

Clinton said she wants to champion better and more affordable education, but she explained why she disagreed with Sanders’ proposal of a free public college education for all.

"I am not going to ask you to pay to send Donald Trump's youngest child free to college or university, instead I am going to focus on who needs the help -- middle class families, working families," Clinton said.

Supporters said they are attracted to her experience, her even temperament, and her foreign policy credentials.

"She's not a person that flares up real fast," Fred Marable said. "She takes the time out and think about things before she talks about them."

Over the weekend, several candidates held rallies in Arizona, including Bernie Sanders, Ted Cruz and Donald Trump. Hillary Clinton's husband, former President Bill Clinton, campaigned on her behalf on Sunday.