DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Hillary Clinton is calling on the Obama administration to end raids aimed at deporting Central Americans who entered the United States illegally.
Clinton says the holiday-season roundups were "mass deportations" that are sowing "division and fear." She says she would ensure government lawyers for all unaccompanied minors and increase funding for immigration courts.
Clinton is promising to "do everything possible to provide due process."
She is speaking at a Democratic forum aimed at young and minority voters.
Latino leaders, along with Clinton's primary rivals, have criticized the administration, calling on the president to immediately stop the operations.
Ten facts you should know about Hillary Clinton:
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Clinton calls on White House to stop deportation raids
1. She went by her maiden for years after she married Bill in 1975. She went by "Mrs. Bill Clinton" shortly after her husband lost the 1980 Arkansas gubernatorial election in part because voters had questioned their marriage's stability.
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2. She once described herself as a tomboy who wanted to be an astronaut, and wrote to NASA as a 12-year-old about how she could become an astronaut. They sent her a reply, clarifying that NASA didn't accept women in their astronaut program.
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3. She coined the term "vast right-wing conspiracy" to explain the intense scrutiny her husband faced when news of his affair with Monica Lewinsky first emerged, though she later said in a statement that she had been misled by her husband about the affair.
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3. She was the student speaker picked to give the commencement speech at Wellesley, and received a standing ovation.
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5. Her parents were Republicans, and she herself served as the president of the Young Republicans club at Wellesley.
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6. In 1974, she was one of only three women out of 43 lawyers who worked on the inquiry into whether President Nixon would be impeached.
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7. She named her daughter Chelsea after Joni Mitchell's song "Chelsea Morning."
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9. She was the first first lady to hold a postgraduate degree (though every first lady since has held one), and up until her husband was elected president, her salary had been higher than his.
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9. She says she met Bill Clinton at the Yale law library when she approached him and said, "Look if you're going to keep staring at me, and I'm going to keep staring back, I think we should at least know each other. I'm Hillary Rodham. What's your name?"
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10. Her mother told her that she had been named after Sir Edmund Hillary, who was the first man to to climb Everest, despite the fact that he had done so five years after she was born. A spokesperson for Clinton has said that this was a "sweet family story her mother shared to inspire greatness in her daughter, to great results I might add."
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The White House says the raids reflected the administration's top priorities for deportation — people with criminal convictions and people caught crossing the border illegally.