Clinton to Call for 'Path to Citizenship' for Undocumented Immigrants

Mexican border residents and members of the Border Network for Human Rights (BNHR) hold up placards and a banner during a protest to reject border militarization and the deportation of children, outside a detention center in El Paso, Texas, August 24, 2014. The protesters walked for four days and 100 miles (161 km) from southern New Mexico to west Texas, according to local media. Jose Luis Gonzalez/Reuters

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will call on Tuesday for a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants during a campaign appearance in Nevada.

Clinton is scheduled to appear at a Las Vegas high school Tuesday afternoon during her third campaign trip in an early-voting state after declaring last month that she would be seeking the presidency in November 2016.

Rancho High School, where Clinton will take part in a roundtable discussion, is approximately 70 percent Hispanic and less than 10 miles north of the Las Vegas strip of casinos, a magnet for workers from all over the world.

Clinton is expected to say in her remarks that a "true solution" to the country's immigration problems would include "nothing less than a full and equal path to citizenship", according to a campaign statement.

Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, a Republican presidential candidate and son of Cuban immigrants, was a co-author of a bill that failed to pass in the Senate that would have given a path to citizenship to millions of undocumented immigrants.

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, a Republican who is weighing a White House bid, has proposed legal status for undocumented immigrants but has not ruled out a pathway to citizenship.

"Clinton will talk about her commitment to fixing our broken immigration system by passing comprehensive immigration reform," the campaign statement said.

The statement said Clinton believes that any proposal that stops short of establishing a path to citizenship would merely provide people with "second-class status."

The Culinary Workers Union, which represents 55,000 Nevada casino workers from 167 countries, welcomed Clinton's focus on immigration issues.

"We look forward to learning about her policy proposals on this issue," said Yvanna Cancela, the union's political director.

The Culinary Workers is the largest union in Nevada and plays a pivotal role in Democratic politics in the state by using its resources to motivate voters. In 2008, the union endorsed now President Barack Obama as the party's nominee over Clinton, dividing the state's labor community.