Washington, May 6: Democratic presidential front- runner Hillary Clinton has denounced Republican presumptive nominee Donald Trump for doubling down on his plans to deport millions of immigrant families, saying his "hateful" language needs to be repudiated.
"Now, every election is a choice, and just yesterday, Donald Trump doubled down on his plan to create a deportation force to round up millions of people. That's actually what he said," she said at a campaign rally in Los Angeles.
"He has pledged in his first days in office to scrap DACA and DAPA and to finalise a design for a giant wall on the border. Well, the best way to prevent that from happening is to make sure he never gets near the White House," she said as the audience booed the Republican leader.
The former secretary of state urged her supporters to recognise that the kind of language coming from Trump is hateful, and needs to be repudiated. "We not only have to work for comprehensive immigration reform, we have to recognise that the kind of language coming from Donald Trump is hateful, and we need to repudiate it," she said amidst cheers from the audience.
Clinton, currently campaigning in California where the primary is scheduled for June 7, said the next president has to meet three tests: Can he actually help families get ahead and stay ahead? Can he keep Americans safe? And can he bring the country together?
"Well, Donald Trump fails all three of those tests. With all the challenges we face in America and in the world, we can't have a loose cannon in the Oval Office. That is a risk we cannot afford," she said, in a repeat of what she told CNN a day earlier.
As president, creating good jobs and raising incomes will be her number one priority, Clinton said. "We will follow the lead of California and raise the minimum wage across America. We will guarantee equal pay for women's work. I think that's way overdue.
"I will do everything I can to make the economy work for everybody, to help more people lift themselves out of poverty, lift themselves into the middle class, and go as far as their hard work and talents will take them," she said.