On Friday, Hillary Clinton sent a series of tweets on immigration policy, urging politicians to pass laws "applied with fairness and respect for human rights". Clinton's immigration reform tweets call President Trump for "cruel border abuses" and refer to Trump's family separation policy as "one of the most shameful moments in our history".
"I have always been and support a staunch supporter of the global reform of immigration that is true to our values and treats every person with dignity, provides a path to full and fair citizenship," wrote Clinton in the first of numerous tweets, "and brings millions of hardworking people into formal economics, fixes the backlog of family visas, supports the rule of law and protects our borders and national security".
Clinton also accused the Republican Party of using the issue to "divide the country", and in particular criticized Trump for his immigration policies.
"Trump has worsened cruel border abuses, detaining children and separating them from their families," wrote Clinton. "It's one of the most shameful moments in our history."
Clinton's tweets arrive the day after she criticized for saying in an interview with guardian that Europe "needs to manage migration", arguing that its inability to do so is "what has ignited the flame" of right-wing populism in the region.
"I think it's fair to say that Europe has done its part, and must send a very clear message -" we will not be able to continue providing shelter and support "- because if we do not address the issue of migration will continue to circumvent the political body, "Clinton said in the interview.
Many on the left denounced her for this position, arguing that it was equivalent to accepting the conservative arguments against immigration. Splinter News said that Clinton's position was a "really horrible hold" and noted that many migrants are "people fleeing their lives" while guardianPrecisely Nesrine Malik said that his comments represent "a capitulation of laziness, defeatism and credulity" that "gives the right wing a free pass" on its nativist rhetoric.
"I was pretty shocked," said Eskinder Negash, president and CEO of the US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants New York Times after Clinton's first comments. "If he is simply saying that it is necessary to reduce the refugees who come to Europe to seek asylum because they have a well-founded fear of persecution, just to calm down some right-wing political leaders, it is not the right thing to do."
Clinton referred to that interview in his tweets on Friday and stressed that he still supports a compassionate approach to immigration.
"In a recent interview, I talked about how Europe must reject right-wing nationalism and authoritarianism, including tackling migration with courage and compassion," Clinton wrote. "On both sides of the Atlantic, we need reforms, not open borders, but immigration laws applied with fairness and respect for human rights We can not let fear or prejudice force us to give up to the values that have made our democracies both great and good. "