Santorum: Hillary’s Support for Amnesty Hurts American Workers

Republican presidential candidate former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) said Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s support for a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants contradicts her message of supporting average American workers.

“From 2000-2014, there were 5.7 million net new jobs created for workers aged 16-65 and all of the net new jobs went to immigrants in spite of the fact that there were 17 million more native Americans in the workforce,” Santorum said at the National Press Club in Washington.

“Democrats like Hillary Clinton say that they are for the American worker yet they demand amnesty and huge increases in the number of immigrants for one overriding reason – votes, which of course leads to political power,” he added.

Santorum, who also ran for president in 2012, said Democrats have “no interest” in fixing the nation’s broken immigration system.

“The president had a filibuster-proof majority in both the House and Senate in the first two years in office and didn’t even bother to introduce an immigration bill even though he had plenty of time to push Obamacare,” Santorum said.

“To the president and Mrs. Clinton, immigration is only about dividing America by injected ethnic and racial politics into this debate – not doing right by struggling workers. Immigration is just another example of how Mrs. Clinton abandoned the millions of Americans who want the opportunity to work and to provide for themselves and their families by using divisive identity politics to gain more power,” he added.

Santorum said the federal government’s immigration policies should not create roadblocks for struggling American workers, whose wages remain stagnant.

“Amnesty will perpetuate the problem, not solve the problem. Whether it was a path to citizenship in the gang of 8 bill or the right to a permanent work permit supported by Ted Cruz and others, in any event it’s amnesty,” he said. “Amnesty will make competition more fierce, not less, encourage more illegal immigration, not less, and further depress wages.”

Drawing a contrast with Democrats, Santorum described his strict position on illegal immigration as pro-worker.