In response to Donald Trump’s emphatic statements on immigration that “we are a country of laws,” and illegal immigrants will have to leave the country, Gov. John Kasich said during the GOP debate Tuesday that shipping them back to Mexico is a “silly argument.”
“If people think we are going to ship 11 million people who are law-abiding, who are in this country, and somehow pick them up at their house and ship them out to Mexico?” Kasich asked. “Think about the families, think about the children. So you know what the answer really is? If they’ve been law-abiding, they pay a penalty, they get to stay. We protect the wall, anybody else comes over, they go back.”
Kasich admitted the United States needs to control its border “just like people have to control who goes in and out of their house.”
“But for the 11 million people – come on folks – we all know you can’t pick them up and ship them back across the border,” he added. “It’s a silly argument.
In response to Kasich’s assertion that the 11 million illegal immigrants get to stay in this country, Trump responded, “You’re lucky in Ohio you struck oil.”