Christie: Trump Immigration Plan ‘Too Simplistic,’ Filled with ‘Applause Lines’

Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Republican presidential candidate Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) said his opponent Donald Trump’s immigration plan is “too simplistic” and his call to end birthright citizenship is an unrealistic “applause line.”

“In many ways too simplistic, the idea of building a wall, kicking everybody out and ending birthright citizenship,” Christie said. “It all sound appealing in some respects to some folks I think it’s a very complicated problem and it need someone who understand how to do complicated nuanced solution to that problem.”

On  birthright citizenship Christie said, “It’s in the Constitution. I don’t think that we should be looking to change it. Now, what I said was if we want to have comprehensive immigration reform I’d be willing to listen to anything. But the truth of the matter is, that  is not something we should be focused on that is an applause line. The fact is it’s in the Constitution, let’s talk about the things that we can fix and fix simply without having to amend the constitution where we would need two-thirds of the congress and 38 states agree.”

He added, “People are just absolutely fed up with promises in this country. They see the president only enforcing laws he likes, not enforcing the laws that he doesn’t like, not working with the states in way that would ensure the laws are enforced. I’d be clear on this. I think the frustration is that government is not working not getting the job done. the fact is in new jersey we’ve been able to do this the right way and that’s why I got 51 percent of the Hispanic vote when I was reelected.”

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