Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is announcing plans to create a new national Office of Immigrant Affairs if she succeeds in winning the White House in November.
One of Clinton's aides issued a statement preceding the Wednesday announcement indicating that the new office proposal, which would initiate programs at both the local and national level, is part of the former secretary of state's efforts to help immigrants and refugees assimilate more effectively into the country.
"This office will ensure that immigrants, refugees and their children are able to become fully integrated members of their communities and country," the aide said in the statement, according to Foreign Policy.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at the eighth annual National Immigration Integration conference at the Marriott At The Brooklyn Bridge. (Andy Katz/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
The creation of this new office reflects Clinton's commitment to garnering immigrants' support for her campaign, reforming immigration policies and combatting the stricter policies championed by Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump.
"Our immigration enforcement efforts should be humane and conducted in accordance with due process, and that is why I believe we must stop the raids happening in immigrant communities," Clinton said in a January statement, according to Foreign Policy. "We shouldn’t have armed federal officers showing up at peoples’ homes, taking women and children out of their beds in the middle of the night."
Clinton's announcement comes as her campaign unveils its endorsement from the New York State Immigration Action Fund Wednesday, according to the Los Angeles Times. The new office would attempt to implement the Obama administration task force's recommendations to ensure "a dedicated place in the White House where integration services are studied and coordinated across the government."
The Action Fund, which is one of New York state's largest immigrant rights groups, is also the sister 501(c)(4) to the New York Immigration Coalition, Politico noted, and its endorsement represents Clinton's increasing attempts to accrue immigrants' support ahead of Tuesday's New York primary. Both Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders are vying to win over New York's diverse population, which includes many voters who hail from immigrant families, Reuters noted. Roughly 19 percent of the state's population is Hispanic or Latino.