This week Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was touring Latin America and the topic of Arizona’s SB 1070 came up with various leaders. She resoundingly voiced her support for the President to pass an immigration reform law and stated that it would happen “fairly soon”. The topic of immigration was front and center of Secretary’s Clinton’s meetings with Ecuardorian President Rafael Correa. Correa is also the head of the Union of South American Nations which views the issue of immigration as vital to their country’s. It is estimated that there are 2 million Ecuadorians living the United States.
In her interview with Andrea Bernal of NTN24, Clinton said:
SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, Andrea, first, let me say how pleased I am that I have this chance to talk to you about these and other important issues. President Obama has spoken out against the law because he thinks that the federal government should be determining immigration policy. And the Justice Department, under his direction, will be bringing a lawsuit against the act.
During interviews Secretary Clinton reassured Latin America that the President is working to garner support for immigration reform in Congress and that the President “wants [immigration reform] to be this year”. When the issue of Arizona’s SB 1070 came up she endorsed the President’s criticism of this law, the potential for racial profiling and the questions it raises about the government’s ability to make uniform federal law.