Chris Christie: No ‘Special Way’ For Illegal Immigrants To Get U.S. Citizenship

Republican presidentail candidate, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (L) speaks after receiving the endorsement of Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) during a campaign stop at the Double T Diner July 15, 2015 in Annapolis, Maryland. Hogan joined Christie in meeting locals at the diner before speaking to the media.
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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie denounced the idea of special treatment for illegal immigrants who are currently living in the United States, accusing Hillary Clinton of “pandering” to them just to get votes.

“There should be no special way for anybody to be able to get citizenship any different than any other foreigner,” he said during an interview on CNN’s New Day this morning.

Christie suggested that Clinton was going out of her way to promise citizenship for illegal immigrants to win the support of more American Hispanics.

“I think, you know, Secretary Clinton talks about path to citizenship for people who are here illegally – she’s just pandering,” he said.

Christie distanced himself from comments he made in 2010 encouraging members of Congress and President Obama to find a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants.

He explained in the years since his comments, he understood as Governor of New Jersey that the first priority for illegal immigrants was work, not citizenship.

He argued that there should be stiffer prosecution for businesses who were profiting by exploiting illegal laborers.

“Those people need to be penalized for that,” he said. “And that will be the way to stop the flow from wherever they’re coming from – south of the border or elsewhere, into this country illegally.”