Santorum: Hillary’s Support for Amnesty Hurts American Workers

“Over the past 20 years, nearly 35 million legal and illegal immigrants have come to our shores. This is the largest mass immigration America has seen in our history, even surpassing the great wave of the turn of the 20th century,” he said. “These immigrants are largely unskilled and low-skilled labor and they are competing for the same job that 74 percent of Americans who do not have a college degree are looking for.”

Santorum pledged to end the Obama administration’s “catch and release program” and deploy more personnel on the border to maximize apprehensions.

“While I won’t demand the government of Mexico build a wall – I want U.S. workers to do that, by the way – I’ll make it clear to the Mexican government they must stop facilitating the lawlessness on the border and cooperate with our efforts,” he said, referring to Trump’s plan to make Mexico pay for a wall.

Santorum’s plan would strip any city of federal funding that refuses to cooperate with federal immigration law. He also vowed to stop releasing illegal immigrants with criminal records into U.S. communities after their native countries refuse to accept them.

“I’ll exercise my authority already in law to deny visas to any foreign country that will not take responsibility for their citizens until they take their people back. The federal government has to end policies that have encouraged millions of people to break the law,” he said, pointing out that the Obama administration has released 30,000 illegal immigrants with criminal records.

The former senator said GOP presidential candidate Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.) and front-runner Donald Trump have joined him in proposing immigration reform ideas that would put American workers first.

“I welcome them both and encourage all candidates, all Americans, to listen to this vision of how we can make America stronger,” he said.