Appearing on CNN’s State of the Union, Kirsten Gillibrand was asked about her former views on immigration. On the show, it was stated that she had formerly supported anti-immigrant positions such as making English the official language and expediting the removal of undocumented immigrants.
On the show, Gillibrand stated that her positions changed once she got to know her constituents after being elected Senator. She claimed that she was not empathetic and did not think about others’ suffering.
“I realized that things I had said were wrong. I was not caring about others, I was not fighting for other people’s kids the same way I was fighting for my own. I was wrong to feel that way.”