Clinton calls for immigration reform AND tighter borders

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When it comes to the U.S.-Mexico border, Hillary Clinton isn't exactly Donald Trump, but she has in the past expressed an interest in building something along the border. Just make sure you call it a fence, not a wall.


Clinton tried to highlight her support for immigration reform while still calling for tighter border security during Monday's Iowa Brown and Black Forum.

"I don't see a contradiction there," she said.

As a senator, Clinton voted in favor of the Secure Fence Act of 2006, which began construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. The wall was never completed, but her support for the project is something she's not afraid to tout if she thinks it'll win her votes, as she demonstrated during in November campaign stop in New Hampshire.

"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 that you have to control your borders," Clinton said.

Clinton also apologized for using the term "illegal immigrant," and pledged not to do so again. But she still thinks there's a big distance between her idea of border security and that of a certain Republican she would not name.

"The person you're referring to, " Clinton said, after being asked about Trump; "he always combines building a wall and deporting 11 or 12 million people so that they're on the other side of the wall. That to me is not only foolish, it's offensive."

Both of Clinton's Democratic opponents, Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley, oppose building a border wall, while Republican counterparts Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio simply love the idea.

Here's what all the candidates had to say about immigration tonight: