Fiorina on Immigration: “I think legal status is a possibility”

July 7, 2015

by Joshua Pinho


On an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Carly Fiorina was asked to elaborate her stance on immigration. Fiorina stated that she is not in favor of a path to citizenship, which she had previously stated wouldn’t be fair. However, she did affirm her support for a path to legal status, which she did not address in the previous interview. The full exchange is below:

JOE SCARBOROUGH: What’s your view on immigration?

CARLY FIORINA: Well, I think we have to do some really basic things first. People have lost faith in government. That’s why 82 percent of the American people now think we have a professional political class that cares more about its power, privilege, and position than doing the people’s work. And let’s start with the fact that we’ve never secured the border — under either Republicans or Democrats. This isn’t rocket science.

SCARBOROUGH: So start by securing the border.

FIORINA: Yes. We absolutely have to do that.

SCARBOROUGH: Is there a pathway to citizenship?

FIORINA: Well, in my view, we also have to fix the illegal immigration system, which has been broken for about 25 years now. No one’s — everyone talks about comprehensive solutions but nobody starts with the basics. My own view is, if you have come here illegally and stayed here illegally, that you don’t get a path to citizenship. Perhaps legal status —

SCARBOROUGH: What about legalized status?

FIORINA: Well, I think legal status is a possibility, for sure. I think their children maybe can become citizens. But my own view is it isn’t fair to say to people who have played by the rules — and it takes a long time to play about it rules — that, you know, it just doesn’t matter.

Joshua Pinho works for American Principles in Action.


Joshua Pinho is a Digital Communications Associate for the American Principles Project.

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