Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton launched a new campaign advertisement about immigration reform, but the timing and response has been questioned by critics.

The new advertisement, titled "Sueños" (Dreams), starts with Clinton's voice during an immigration roundtable discussion in May. She said, "We can't wait any longer for a pathway to full and equal citizenship," as the video shows images of undocumented immigrant youths, including those who attended her roundtable discussion in Nevada.

In the ad, Clinton acknowledges undocumented immigrants as individuals who can contribute to the country's economy and society and does not want such opportunities to get thrown away. As the video progresses, the stories of undocumented immigrant youths are shown and shared their stories, including struggles and aspirations in life.

The video comes one day after she met with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) on Capitol Hill. According to a readout from the caucus, the meeting included discussions "important to the Latino community," and she heard "firsthand" from caucus members about their priorities.

"It was a productive discussion centered on policy priorities for the 52 million Latinos in the United States, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Territories," the CHC stated. "Among the topics discussed were the economy, comprehensive immigration reform, healthcare, the wage gap in our country and the need for a federal and private workforce that is inclusive of all communities."

According to the CHC, Clinton showed her support for comprehensive immigration reform and spoke about the need and impact of creating economic opportunities for Latinos -- as well as all Americans.

"Hillary Clinton is another Democrat paying lip service to the issues and problems facing the Hispanic community," said Republic National Committee (RNC) Hispanic Media Director Ruth Guerra. "Worse, she promises to continue the same failed policies that have led to the weakest economic recovery in modern history. If Hillary Clinton was truly interested in helping minority communities she would focus on pro-growth solutions that actually help more Latinos get back to work."

"Latinos deserve to know that Hillary Clinton is looking out for her own political ambition instead of their interests," said RNC Chairman Reince Priebus in response to the "Sueños" spot. "As she has proven time and again, Hillary Clinton will say anything to get elected - making big promises she won't and can't keep, just like President Obama."

The meeting with the CHC and launch of "Sueños" coincided with fellow Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley's announcment of his immigration reform policies.

During a immigration roundtable discussion at the New York Immigration Action Fund, O'Malley said he would act on immigration reform on his first day in the White House, which includes an executive order granting deferred action to immigrants who were covered by the U.S. Senate's 2013 comprehensive immigration reform bill (S. 744). His policies also includes improved naturalization processes for legal permanent residents, expanding healthcare coverage and end the detention of non-dangerous immigrants and their families.

"Our fight for immigration reform is about bringing more of our neighbors out of the shadow economy and into the full light of an open and inclusive American economy," said O'Malley on July 14, later adding, "Above all, I would use executive action, to the fullest extent allowable of my authority as president of the United States to push Congress to pass comprehensive bipartisan immigration reform because that is best for the people of the United States of America."

The Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) applauded O'Malley's immigration proposals and called on Republican presidential candidates to "participate in a real debate about immigration reform rather than hide behind political double talk."

"Immigrant families need immediate action," said FIRM spokesperson Kica Matos. "O'Malley's stance shows a commitment to treat our families with the dignity and respect that they deserve. All other candidates -- Democratic and Republican -- need to take heed of his strong stance and join a real conversation on how to fix an immigration system that breaks up families and keeps immigrants living in fear of deportation. Our immigrant families deserve an honest debate that offers us real solutions and works to keep families together."

"If Republicans want our vote, they need to stop catering to the extremist elements of their base," added Matos. "They should stop showing how deeply out of touch they are with the American public and the fastest growing voting bloc in America -- immigrant and Latino voters," said Matos, later adding, "We are paying attention and we will make our voice heard in 2016."

While using executive action is on the table, Clinton and O'Malley prefer Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform.


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