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Hillary Clinton to Push for 'Full and Equal Path to Citizenship'

The Democratic presidential candidate will say that proposals that stop short of full citizenship result in the creation of a “second class” status.

Hillary Clinton will push for “a full and equal path to citizenship” for undocumented immigrants during a campaign stop in Nevada Tuesday.

According to a preview of her campaign stop provided by a Clinton official, the Democratic presidential candidate will say at a Las Vegas high school that proposals that stop short of full citizenship result in the creation of a “second class” status.

Immigration is a key issue in the 2016 election, as activists, religious groups and business organizations press candidates for answers about how to deal with the nation’s estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants.

Clinton’s stance is a contrast to most Republican candidates. Jeb Bush told Hispanic evangelicals last week that he favors “earned legal status” for undocumented immigrants, but many of his more conservative rivals have decried any comprehensive immigration overhaul as “amnesty” that would hurt American workers and undermine the rule of law.

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