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Fiorina: No Pathway to Citizenship for Illegal Immigrants, But Legal Status a ‘Possibility’

Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina said that she is against a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants, but that a path to legal status is “a possibility” on Monday’s “Morning Joe” on MSNBC.

Fiorina stated that she doesn’t agree with Jeb Bush’s positions on immigration or Common Core. She then turned to specifics on immigration, saying, “Well, I think we have to do some really basic things first. People have lost faith in government. That’s why 82% of the American people now think we have a professional political class that cares more about its power, privilege, and position than doing the people’s work. And let’s just start with the fact that we’ve never secured the border, under either Republicans or Democrats. This isn’t rocket science.” And that the US should start with border security.

Fiorina added, “Well, in my view, we also have to fix the legal immigration system, which has been broken for about 25 years now. No one’s — everyone talks about comprehensive solutions, but nobody starts with the basics. My own view is, if you have come here illegally, and stayed here illegally, that you don’t get a path to citizenship. Perhaps legal status –”

She continued, “Well, I think legal status is a possibility, for sure. I think their children maybe can become citizens. But my own view is it isn’t fair to say to people who have played by the rules, and it takes a long time to play about it rules, that, you know, it just doesn’t matter.”

(h/t Real Clear Politics)

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