What Hillary Clinton really said about ‘open borders’

Hint: It’s not what Trump said during the debate.

In terms of immigration, open borders would mean allowing people to travel between two countries freely or with few restrictions.

Hillary Clinton has never proposed this; in fact, her proposal doesn’t even include cutting funding for border control, and in 2013 she said she supported a bill that would have invested billions more in border security. Clinton has also explicitly said that she will enforce immigration laws, including deporting criminals and individuals who pose a threat to public safety.

In Wednesday’s debate, however, debate moderator Chris Wallace pointed to a paid speech given by Clinton and published by Wikileaks, in which Clinton used the term “open borders,” which Trump has previously used as validation for his attacks.

However, the full quote reveals that Clinton is not talking about immigration — as she said during the debate, she seems to be talking about energy trading (although, as her campaign has refused to release the full speeches, it’s difficult to tell precisely what within trade and energy she was getting at).


Here is the quote in its entirety:

“My dream is a hemispheric common market, with open trade and open borders, some time in the future with energy that is as green and sustainable as we can get it, powering growth and opportunity for every person in the hemisphere.”

Both Trump and Wallace were taking the quote out of context.