Lindsey Graham Hits Rick Santorum On Immigration: "In My World, Hispanics Are Americans"

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The two Republican senators clash over their records on immigration. Sen. Graham

RICK SANTORUM: I did have a plan back in 2006. I introduced a plan called, A Comprehensive Border Security Bill, which did, in fact, put the resources to build the fencing, and deploy the troops, and the technology necessary which...

SENATOR LINDSEY GRAHAM: What do you do with the 11 million?

SANTORUM: As you know, Lindsay...

GRAHAM: What are you going to do with the 11 million?

SANTORUM: ...As you know, 40 to 60 percent of the 11 million are here on visa overstays. We know exactly who they are, we should know where they are, but we have a government that doesn't tell them to return home. You can solve half of the problem of the 11 million...

GRAHAM: Well, what about the other half...

SANTORUM: ...by simply telling the 11 million that they have to return to their country of origin, so, that's half your problem...

GRAHAM: How many Democrats support your plan?

SANTORUM: Now, it's not 11 million...

GRAHAM: How many Democrats did you have on your bill?

SANTORUM: I don't know how many Democrats I had on my bill...

GRAHAM: I can tell you: none.

SANTORUM: But, the point is -- the point is is that I had a bill...

GRAHAM: That went nowhere.

SANTORUM: Well, you're right, Lindsay, it went no where because we had a president back then who was for more comprehensive immigration reform...

GRAHAM: George W. Bush...

SANTORUM: That's right...

GRAHAM: Who won with Hispanics.

SANTORUM: You know what we need to do...

GRAHAM: Compared to what we're doing...

SANTORUM: Lindsay, is we need to win -- we need to win fighting for Americans. We need to win fighting for the workers in this country...

GRAHAM: Hispanics...

SANTORUM: ...who are hurting, including including Hispanics...

GRAHAM: ...Are Americans...

SANTORUM: ...the people who are hurt the most by illegal immigration are Hispanics.

GRAHAM: In my world, Hispanics are Americans...

SANTORUM: ...The folks -- the folks who are -- hurt the worst are recent immigrants. By illegal immigrants coming to this country last year alone, 700,000 illegal immigrants came into this country. Who do you think are most impacted? It's the folks who came into this country, played by the rules, did what they were supposed to do. Came here, and went to work, and now they're finding themselves out of work because someone illegally is willing to come in and work for less...

GRAHAM: ...I have a little different take on where the country is going on this issue. Number one, in 1950, there were 16 workers for every retiree. How many are there today? There's three. In 20 years, there's going to be two, and you're going to have 80 million baby boomers like me retiree in mass wanting a Social Security check, and their Medicare bills paid.

We're going to need more legal immigration. Let's just make it logical. Let's pick people from all over the world on our terms, not just somebody from Mexico. Let's create a rational, legal immigration system because we have a declining workforce.

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