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DeSantis Campaign Press Release - Nikki Haley is Soft on Both Illegal and Legal Immigration

January 10, 2024

"Don't say you're just going to build a wall, because a wall's not going to do it."

Which liberal made that remark back in 2015? Nikki Haley.

Haley went on to complain about how much it would cost to secure the border and deport illegal aliens – with no mention of the far higher costs of unfettered immigration.

Haley's views on immigration earned her praise from a liberal Washington Post columnist, who noted approvingly that Haley also dismissed the idea of ending birthright citizenship.

In her latest attempt to win approval from the Beltway media, Haley expressed support for resettling Gaza refugees in American communities, then walked back her statement after she realized it was politically unpopular.

Make no mistake, Nikki Haley is as soft on illegal — and legal — immigration as every other establishment politician that caves to the left. Haley:

  • Supported then-President Trump's push to extend DACA amnesty in 2019
  • Said that birthright citizenship "has served our country very well and should continue."
  • Wants Republicans to "get in the room" to compromise with Democrats on immigration
  • Believes mass immigration is "what makes us great"
  • Supports massively expanding legal immigration because — in her view — "we need as many immigrants as we can [get]"
  • Admitted she supports importing more workers because politicians should "do what [corporations] need"
  • Said that we should not call illegal aliens "criminals," even though they violate our country's laws, because they are "families that want a better life"
  • Expressed openness to importing Gaza refugees to America, because "there are so many of these people who want to be free from this terrorist rule."

It's not surprising that Haley's views on immigration are out of step with the GOP electorate. She always caves to her liberal donors, who support the open borders agenda. And let's remember that Haley did once say: "the reason I actually ran for office is because of Hillary Clinton."

Ron DeSantis, DeSantis Campaign Press Release - Nikki Haley is Soft on Both Illegal and Legal Immigration Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/370602

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