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Hillary Clinton Pledges To Stop Using Phrase 'Illegal Immigrant'

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Clinton most recently attracted the ire of immigration activists when she invoked invoked the phrase "illegal immigrant" during a stop in New Hampshire.

“Look, 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,” Clinton said at the time.

But, in a Democratic primary campaign where Clinton has tried to present herself as even more progressive on immigration than President Obama with promises that she would expand executive actions for immigrants in the country, the phrase "illegal immigrant" has become a lightning rod. After Clinton used the phrase in New Hampshire, the O'Malley campaign released a statement blasting her for it.

"Words matter, and no human being is illegal," an O'Malley campaign statement from Nov. 10 said. "This offensive rhetoric has no place in our Party. We need to stand up and lead with the compassionate message and actions that make us who we are."