On Monday night, Hillary Clinton attended the Iowa Brown & Black Presidential Forum on the campus of Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Clinton was interviewed third following her Democratic primary rivals, Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley. The forum was hosted by Fusion and moderated by Fusion anchors Jorge Ramos and Alicia Menendez, Fusion contributor Akilah Hughes, and New York Magazine Writer-at-Large Robert Browne. The forum focused on issues related to minority issues, specifically issues related to the African-American and Latino communities.
Clinton was asked a wide variety of questions, but one topic that was of focus was immigration. She said that she had no plans to continue President Barack Obama’s deportations, and Clinton spoke out against the move by the Obama administration. She said, “I do not think the raids are an appropriate tool to enforce the immigration laws. They are divisive, they are sowing fear.” She was also asked whether she saw a contradiction in her plans to reform immigration, but toughen borders at the same time. She replied, “I don’t see a contradiction there.”
She was also asked about her plans for fighting domestic terrorism and gun violence. Clinton has unveiled a comprehensive plan to reign in gun violence, and she said that “we have to come together as a country and take a stand against violence.” Another topic covered was a woman’s right to choose. When Clinton was asked if she would support efforts to repeal the Hyde Amendment, which bans federal funding for abortion, Clinton swiftly replied “Yes.” She continued, “To me, reproductive rights are a fundamental human right.”
The conversation between Clinton and panelists lasted for about 45 minutes and covers a wide variety of important topics. A full video from the event is below. The video picks up with Clinton’s introduction.