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Elaine Meckler: Hillary Clinton, fact or fiction, truth or lies?

On “the wall” — At a rally in Cleveland, Hillary Clinton said: “Don’t let anybody tell you we can’t make it in America anymore. We can, we are and we will.” “But in order to do that, we can’t be talking about building walls or turning the clock back.”

But, just four months ago at a New Hampshire event in November, she was asked what she thought about securing the Mexican border? Her response was, “Well, look, I voted numerous times when I was a senator to spend money to build a barrier to try to prevent illegal immigrants from coming in. And I do think you have to control your borders.”

So, is she for building a wall or against building a wall? I can’t figure it out. Can you?

On Oct. 26, 2006, U.S. President George W. Bush signed the Secure Fence Act of 2006 into law stating, “This bill will help protect the American people. This bill will make our borders more secure. It is an important step toward immigration reform.” The bill was introduced on Sept. 13, 2006 by Peter T. King (R-New York). In the House of Representatives, the Fence Act passed 283 to 138 on Sept. 14, 2006. On Sept. 29, 2006, the Fence Act passed in the Senate 80 to 19. Congress approved $1.2 billion in a separate homeland security spending bill to bankroll the fence.

Hillary Clinton voted for this bill. Why wasn’t the fence built?

Immigration — She supports immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship and would establish an Office of Immigrant Affairs to coordinate immigration policies, and supports Obama’s executive orders on the DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and DAPA, Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents programs. She has not said anything about taking away federal funding from sanctuary cities that have grown to more than 340 and shielded an average of 1,000 illegal immigrants a month from deportation in 2015. A sanctuary city is a city in the United States or Canada that adopts local policies designed to not prosecute people solely for being an illegal alien in the country in which they are currently living. Ms. Clinton’s is in support of sanctuary cities.

Charter schools — Her comments in South Carolina came straight from a charter school critics’ playbook and distanced her from the legacies of her husband who is credited with creating a federal stream of money to launch charters around the country and President Barack Obama, whose administration has offered federal incentives to push states to become more charter friendly. Her change in tone on charter schools mirrors other moves Clinton has made to nail down the support of liberal blocs in the face of the progressive challenge of Bernie Sanders. The Movement for Black Lives, which includes Black Lives Matter organizers, are recommending a moratorium on both charter schools and public school closures. The NAACP is also asking for a moratorium on charter schools. Teachers unions have been early and enthusiastic supporters of Clinton. Clinton said, “When schools get it right, whether they are traditional public schools or public charter schools, let’s figure out what’s working and share it with schools across America.” So, is she for charter schools and school vouchers or is she against them? I can’t figure it out, can you?

Email account — Hillary Clinton’s email scandal roared back to life after the FBI released a report detailing her interview with investigators. Did she delete thousands of emails and classified information or not? Will we ever hear the true story? When she was first asked about how many phones and/or devices she had, she stated that she only had one. She later changed her answer after being confronted by the FBI. In her interview with the FBI, Clinton seemed repeatedly unable to recall key information and stated on 39 separate occasions that she did not “recall” or remember key elements of the training or classified information process. Can’t recall or doesn’t want to recall, what do you think?

There is a lot of talk about politicians changing their minds depending on the day of the week and who they are talking to. But as Ms. Clinton continues to flip flop on important issues, continues to lie to the FBI, and continues to lie to the people of the United States, I can only hope and pray that American citizens will think long and hard before voting for such a flawed and weak candidate.

Elaine Meckler lives in Grass Valley.

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