Clinton to propose creation of Immigrant Affairs office

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Source:   —  April 13, 2016, at 4:34 PM

The office would coordinate policies and programs among federal agencies and with state and local governments, according to an aide. In contrast, Republican candidates have largely called for stricter immigration rules.

Democrat Hillary Clinton on Wednesday will propose the creation of a new national Office of Immigrant Affairs should she win the White House in November, as she seeks to woo minority and immigrant voters in NY less than a week before the state's primary.

The office would coordinate policies and programs among federal agencies and with state and local governments, according to an aide.

In contrast, Republican candidates have largely called for stricter immigration rules. Republican front-runner Donald Trump has called for building a wall along the border with Mexico as well as a temporary ban on immigration by Muslims.

The NY primary on April nineteen could either assistance former secretary of state Clinton consolidate her status as the Democratic front-runner, or hand a significant triumph to rival Bernie Sanders, the VT senator seeking to defy expectations and win the party'south nomination for the Nov. eight election.

Both candidates are presently campaigning across the state, looking to win over New York'south diverse population, including voters who arrive from immigrant families. Around nineteen % of the state is Hispanic or Latino, according to the U. S. Census.

With two hundred forty-seven pledged delegates at stake, the state is among the most significant nominating contests left on the calendar before the July convention.

Clinton holds a double digit lead in polls over Sanders in New York, the state where he was born and which she served for eight years as a U. S. senator. She also holds a commanding lead in pledged delegates overall so far, leaving Sanders only a narrow path if he's to win the nomination out from below her, a task some pundits declare is already beyond him.

A Democratic candidate needs 2.383 delegates to clinch the nomination. Those can arrive from any combination of pledged delegates from primaries and caucuses as well as so-called super delegates, who can vote as they choose.

(Reporting by Luciana Lopez; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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