In his first speech of the Spanish media tour, Democratic Senator Timothy M. Kaine wooed voters with a promise to introduce immigration reforms within the first 100 days of resuming office under the Clinton administration, in line with Clinton’s stance on immigrations that have been made before. Kaine, who spoke in Spanish with the biggest Spanish broadcasters Telemundo and Univision made this statement in his address to Spanish voters in his prerecorded interview that is due to air on Monday. Speaking with Rebeka Smyth, correspondent at the Telemundo and answering her question as to what would Sen. Kaine do if he was voted in Vice president, Kaine spoke in Spanish, stating that Hillary Clinton would be reforming immigration reforms within first 100 days of presuming office! Clinton he added on to say will make all the efforts required to pass the reforms with Congress. Mr Kaine also stated that with his experience in working along with bipartisan colleagues in the Congress, he would give it his best to make sure that the reforms are passed and he will take up other issues as well.
Sen. Kaine volunteered with missionaries in Honduras during the early 1980’s and learnt Spanish during this period while recounting the ongoing violence that the country is undergoing which persists even today. He opined that any improvements made to the country’s economy would help in combatting violence in the country and that he would do everything in his capacity to help the governments there in furthering the economic development in the country with US cooperation. In his televised interview recording, Sen. Kaine also stressed on the stance Hillary Clinton took first during her pledge in 2008 and now during her 2016 election campaigning. Back in 2008, during the race for presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton and President Obama had debated sporadically over the immigration reforms issue. With President Obama stating that he would introduce reforms in his first year when Hillary offered to introduce it during her first term. Hillary later revised that term to 100 day period of assuming office as the president should she be voted in. Obama, on the other hand chose to steer clear of that commitment in his televised interview with correspondent Jorge Ramos at Univision. President Obama told Ramos in that interview that he couldn’t guarantee a timeline of first 100 days but what he would do is to draft the proposal during his first year of office and will promote the bill in all possible ways to ensure that the bill is passed as fast as he could. Obama later retracted his stance on immigration reforms as he had to prioritize on legislations to boost the automobile industry and work on his federal stimulus package to tackle the dismal state of economic recession in the US.
In his effort to remind President Obama of his broken promise, Ramos has often sparred with the president over the immigration reforms issue in his subsequent interviews. In a similar retraction Smyth brought forward Hillary’s stance in 2014 on deportation of minor children who cross the border between US and Mexico illegally; to Sen. Kaine asking him if Hillary can be trusted with it? To her question Senator Kaine answered that it’s imperative for the government to have a system in place to have a firm control on the US-Mexican border and it became increasingly difficult for the administration to decide on a line of action after experiencing an
overwhelming flooding of people during the initial phases of announcements. However, Senator Kaine stated that the government now understands the reasons behind such mass influx.
Pointing out to the problems underlying this issue Sentaor Kaine stated that most illegal drugs that are smuggled into America, come from the South American borders and the money goes back to the drug mafias across the border which is used to fund violence and corruption in countries like El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. Children who travel across the border after having traversed 1000s of kilometers are doing so in a big to escape the consequences of the illegal drug situation plaguing their countries. Taking on a more responsible stance, Senator Kaine stated that America has a responsibility to work with the countries in the south border to resolve this issue and help secure a future for the innocent and helpless children with their home countries.
Transcript or footage with excerpts of Kaine’s interview with Univision is not available yet. This could be the result of an agreement signed between the CBSs 60 minutes and the Clinton-campaign officials that would enable the channel to be the first to air the interview with the Democratic ticket, as per the statement of a network official who has been part of such arrangements. Despite the privilege that CBS enjoys, the wait has been well worth it for the Spanish media which find it difficult to get a statement from the republican candidate Donald Trump or republican representatives so far, in spite of making several requests for interview with the republican offices.
Univision’s national correspondent Luis Megid stated that the channel doesn’t have access to the top players in the campaign and finds their unavailability to the Spanish voters frustrating. Luis further added to his statement that the current campaign strategy doesn’t prioritize Hispanic voters in their agenda. However, Luis’ claims seem to lack evidence as the Spanish media was invited for the RNC (Republican National Convention) held at Cleveland allowing them access to daily briefs with exclusive briefings in Spanish for reports working with Spanish media. Republican delegates who spoke Spanish such as Florida republican representative Bertica Cabrera Morris has spoken to a dozen Spanish media houses in a day at the event in Cleveland. Morris commented that it was necessary for the republican representatives to address the Spanish voters via Spanish media as there is a considerable misinformation about a 100% Hispanic support to democrats.
Megid however differs on that statement that hearing from a presidential candidate and his running mate was different from hearing from a party representative. He also stated that interviews where the interviewees do not know Spanish are translated after having interviewing Hillary Clinton recently at Univision. He further added that the tone at the DNC was completely different for the Spanish media.
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