Republicans Bicker Over Immigration Policy at Debate

“We need to insist that the people who come here do so legally,” former Pa. Sen. Rick Santorum says at Republican presidential debate as he touts immigration bill he offered while in office.

  • S.C. Sen. Lindsey Graham says, “I don’t remember the Santorum plan”; says he’s sure it didn’t have any Democratic support
  • Graham says people coming to U.S. to have babies in order to get children U.S. citizenship “is bastardizing citizenship”
  • Graham pushes Santorum on what he would do with estimated 11m undocumented immigrants in U.S.
  • Santorum says “workers in America know their wages are being undermined” by illegal immigrants
  • Former N.Y. Gov. George Pataki says birthright citizenship is “a small part of a very important issue”
    • “I don’t think we should tell that child, born in America, that we’re going to send it back”
  • La. Gov. Bobby Jindal says “we need to secure the border, period” and “I’m not for amnesty. I’ll never be for amnesty”
  • Graham says, “We’re going to need more legal immigration” because of declining U.S. workforce
    • Says more immigrants necessary unless Americans willing to follow example of late Sen. Strom Thurmond, who fathered 4 children after age 67
  • “I just want to say I have 7 kids I’ve done my part,” Santorum says
  • NOTE: The four candidates, who didn’t qualify for spot in CNN’s main debate, are squaring off at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif

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