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Rick Santorum: Romney's Talk of Amnesty Under GOP Senate 'Dangerous'

By    |   Tuesday, 04 Nov 2014 01:03 PM

Former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania tells Newsmax that it's a "very dangerous idea" for former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney to be saying that Republicans, if they take control of Congress, will pass immigration reform.

"If you look at this race, you don't see any Republican candidate in the country ... out there in a major race promising immigration reform and saying that what we need to do is provide amnesty for people that are in this country illegally," Santorum told J.D. Hayworth on "America's Forum" Tuesday on Newsmax TV.

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Romney, while appearing this week on "Fox News Sunday," said that if Republicans gain the majority in the Senate there will be a "provision, first of all, to secure the border.

"Second of all, to deal with those who come here illegally. And third, to make sure our immigration policies are more open and transparent," the Massachusetts Republican added.

However, Santorum argues that this would be a bad idea and would only hurt Americans.

"For us to go out there and argue that we can increase legal immigration, and we need to provide amnesty to people in this country who are here illegally" will only result in flooding "this country with more workers as working Americans are hurting, and wages are going down, median income is going down, working Americans are struggling," he said.

"We have Republicans out there who are tone deaf, suggesting what we need are more workers so we can flood labor markets and further depress wages for average working Americans," Santorum said.

"I scratch my head sometimes to think, 'What country do they live in and what are our interests in providing good jobs and an opportunity for prosperity for average working Americans,'" he added.

When asked, Santorum also condemned similar statements made about immigration reform by Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who both are potential 2016 Republican presidential candidates.

"All I can say is, if anybody is out there suggesting that we need to provide more opportunities for people to encourage them to cross the border illegally by providing amnesty, more opportunities to bring more ... lower skilled workers into this country to compete against average Americans who are seeing their wages stagnate and their incomes go down, if anybody is suggesting that's a good thing for America, is absolutely wrong," he said.

"I'm going to do everything I can during this session of Congress to convince Republicans and Democrats that we first look out for the interest of American workers and stop playing these political games," Santorum added.

Of his own plans for a presidential run, Santorum said, "I've been very clear about being open to that. We're doing everything consistent with taking a shot at 2016, but we won't make that decision until later in 2015."

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Former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania tells "America's Forum" that it's a "very dangerous idea" for former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney to be saying that Republicans, if they control Congress, will pass immigration reform.
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