According to Politico, Hillary Clinton professed aspirations for an open-borders hemisphere in at least one of her recently-leaked paid speeches:
Neither the moderators nor Trump raised Clinton's open-border comments in the debate Sunday night, but Jake Tapper asked her running mate, Tim Kaine, about it:
Kaine wouldn't say "yes" or "no" - replying only that he and Clinton "believe in comprehensive immigration reform" that includes border security. Kaine pointed to the 2013 Schumer-Rubio bill as an example. That bill would have doubled legal immigration and guest workers programs, weakened existing visa-enforcement law, and replaced E-Verify with a new verification system to be phased in at least 5 years after enactment (depending on groups suing to stop workplace enforcement).
A spokesperson for the Clinton campaign told the Daily Caller that Clinton's 2013 open borders statement was about "energy policy."
Clinton stated earlier in her campaign that her administration would not enforce legal limits on immigration except when violators were considered security threats, according to the Washington Post:
Neil Munro puts Clinton's open-borders comments in a labor context:
Immigration redistributes approximately $500 billion a year from wage-earners to the investor class, according to the National Academy of Sciences. And pundits acknowledge that the disconnect between Main Street and Wall Street over immigration has become a presidential election issue, as Chris Matthews elucidates on Morning Joe (starting at the 6:45 minute mark):
Chris Cillizza applauds Matthews' analysis:
Jerry Kammer sees the "distance" Cillizza describes expanding right before our eyes. During the primaries, Bernie Sanders quickly rejected the notion of open borders in an interview with Ezra Klein, but - Kammer says - Sanders:
Michael Lind writes that mass immigration is attractive to wealthy elites mainly as a way to keep the costs of services down but cautions that open-borders rhetoric could ultimately "weaken national unity, to the benefit of sub-national racism, ethnocentrism, and regionalism." This, is what T.A. Frank dubs "the nightmare."
Lind writes that open-borders rhetoric alone serves a specific purpose:
Clinton has promised an immigration increase within the first 100 days of her administration. Whether she ultimately aspires to a "hemispheric common market, with open trade and open borders" is now a legitimate question that her campaign has yet to straightforwardly answer.