From 2006, when Bush was too liberal:
In an interview published in the New York Daily News two days earlier, Sen. Hillary Clinton, a Democratic Party presidential hopeful, outlined proposals to the right of Bush, such as building a wall along much of the U.S. border with Mexico.
"As for how to stem the tide of illegal immigrants, 'A physical structure is obviously important,' she [Clinton] said," the News reported. "'A wall in certain areas would be appropriate,' as long as it was not a 'dumb wall' that could be scaled or tunneled. Advocating 'smart fencing,' she added, 'There is technology that could be in the fence that would spot people coming from 250 or 300 yards away and signal patrol agents who could respond.'" The separation wall Tel Aviv is building between the West Bank and Israel might help guide Washington, Clinton stated.
The Democratic senator said she welcomes a crackdown by Washington on employers hiring undocumented immigrants. Such steps, along with "securing the border," have to come first before any measures may be implemented to regularize the status of immigrants already in the United States, she added.
"We need to structure it as one piece of comprehensive legislation, with a staged implementation," Clinton said, referring to the immigration debate in the Senate. The legalization process could begin "12 to 24 months" after border control measures take effect, she told the News.
Clinton joined other critics of the Bush administration faulting it for being "soft" and "incompetent" on law enforcement.