”We have to win the presidency. The way you win the presidency is to have practical plans. What we need to do is allow people to earn legal status where they pay a fine, where they work, where they don’t commit crimes, where they learn English, and over a period of time, they earn legal status. That’s the proper path. “
[…]” And there should be a path to earned legal status for those that are here. Not amnesty, earned legal status, which means you pay a fine and do many things over an extended period of time.”
“I know there’s disagreement here,” acknowledging boos that came from the right wing crowd. “I feel your pain. But there is no plan to deport 11 million people,[…]We should give them a path for legal status where they work, they don’t get government benefits, where they learn English.”
And though he prioritized security along the nation’s border, he believed the GOP could also broker an agreement on other reform possibilities. “Let’s do it. Let’s control the border[…]There’s nothing wrong with that. There’s nothing that holds back the Republicans from putting a comprehensive plan in place to do it.”
“Having a solution to the fact that we have all of these young people–many of whom are making great contributions, don’t have a connection to their parents’ former country–yeah, of course I’m for it. “
“And for the 11.5 million who are here illegally, if they’ve not committed a crime since they’ve been here, I would give them a path to legalization where they pay a fine, back taxes, delay in any kind of benefits they get. I think is a reasonable approach, but not a path to citizenship.
“My position has not changed. The idea that we’re going to go into communities and yank people out of their homes and leave their kids on the porch crying, that’s not what we’re going to do. That’s — that’s just — that’s more promises that will never happen, and the people will become more cynical.”
Question: who said the above?