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The Democratic Debate in Miami Proves That 2016 Comes Down to Immigration

Elise Foley - HuffPost Latino Voices
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March 10, 2016

Miami Democratic Debate | Best Lines (TYT Politics)

Something happened at Wednesday's Democratic debate that rarely - if ever - does on such a national stage: An undocumented immigrant, speaking in Spanish, talked about her life and asked the candidates what they would do to help people like her.

It was a striking moment, unlike anything in a debate so far in the 2016 campaign season. And it underscored just how prominent a role immigration has taken, not just among Republicans (where the talk is about the height of border walls), but among Democrats, too.

Lucía Quiej, a native of Guatemala, was the debate audience member who asked former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) how they would help families reunite after a member has been deported, like her husband was.

"It is time to bring families together," Clinton told her. "And I don't think there's any doubt that we must do more to let stories like yours be heard more widely so that more Americans know what the human cost of these policies are. And I will do everything I can to prevent other families from facing what you are facing."

Sanders said it was"wrong and immoral" that a parent should be across a border from his children.

"The essence of what we are trying to do is to unite families, not to divide families," Sanders said.

Read the rest at HuffPost Latino Voices

Related: Might Spanish "Debate Democrata" spur backlash and help Donald Trump? (Sun Sentinel)

Related: Everything You Missed from the Democratic Debate in Miami (Mic)

Related: Fighting for Florida and Beyond, Clinton and Sanders Spar Over Who's Better for Hispanics (U.S. News & World Report)

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