Santorum: Obama climate actions will have ‘zero impact’

25 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Rick Santorum’s Immigration History Lesson.

Today on CNN’s State of the Union, former senator and presidential candidate, Rick Santorum (R-PA), joined CNN host Michael Smerconish (Smerconish airs Saturday’s at 9:00am EST on CNN/U.S.). Former Senator Rick Santorum, a potential Republican presidential candidate, said in an interview airing Sunday that 1920s immigration laws “did what was best for the American worker.” “I’m not saying shut [unskilled immigration] down, but I will tell you, the last time we had this kind of surge in immigration was the Great Wave between 1880 and 1920, and after that Great Wave, there were two bills that were passed, 1921 and 1924, and they both passed almost unanimously in the House and Senate,” Santorum said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “Why?

“The overwhelming majority” of immigrants “are folks who are lower-skilled or unskilled,” the Pennsylvania Republican said. “We’re bringing people in who will compete against a lot of Americans.” His remarks echoed a speech he delivered Saturday at the Iowa Freedom Summit, where he sought to stake out territory in an already crowded field of potential presidential candidates. Debate over immigration in the U.S. has increased in recent weeks after President Obama announced an executive action that would halt possible deportations for millions of immigrants who are here illegally.

Even the folks who accept all of the science by the alarmists on the other side recognize that everything that’s being considered by the United States will have will have zero impact on it given the world.” “Well, the answer is do something, if it has no impact, of course do nothing,” Santorum replied from a landlocked hotel room. “Why would you do something with people admitting that even if you do something, it won’t make a difference?” Among the issues that former Senator Santorum seeks to change in America is immigration, which is “the reason you’re seeing wages stagnating is because we have record levels of legal immigration.” Santorum also admitted that he thinks President Obama’s climate change bill “won’t make a difference”.

Santorum was specifically responding to recent comments by the former Florida governor that stressed the value of immigrant workers to the U.S. economy. They came after the Literacy Act of 1917 proved insufficiently restrictive in the eyes of lawmakers, as it turned out many immigrants did know how to read. The Emergency Quota Act drastically limited the number of Eastern and Southern Europeans allowed into the country. (Asians had already been barred by a provision in the 1917 law.) The quota measure said that each year, the number of immigrants from a specific background could not exceed 3 percent of that group’s U.S. population in 1910. There are fewer Americans working today who were born in America than there were 15 years ago.” Santorum on climate change: “Is the climate warming? The Republican has said his relatives came to the country “the right way.” The exclusionary intent and even xenophobia of the laws has been long-acknowledged. “In all of its parts, the most basic purpose of the 1924 Immigration Act was to preserve the ideal of American homogeneity,” according to the State Department Office of the Historian.

We’re out working to deliver a message, like we did yesterday in Des Moines, that, for us to be successful as a country, the Republican Party needs to step forward and be a unifying party in America, has to be a party that not just is pro-growth, but also pro-worker, to – to help those who are struggling and hurting, and systematically doing so in America. If you have a good message, and you deliver that message well, and you have a background and experience that back it up, I think things will work itself out if we decide to get into this race. And, as you know, Michael, because you covered me when you were in Philadelphia on the radio program, we talked often about national security because I was on – eight years on the Armed Services Committee, where I was a subcommittee chairman for all of those eight years, worked in a very strong bipartisan level, never, in fact, had an amendment to any part of the bill that I brought to the floor that was ever amended without bipartisan support from my ranking members.

Secondly, I authored two major pieces of national security legislation, foreign policy legislation, interestingly enough, one on Syria, a rather important place, again, a bill that was offered and opposed by President Bush when I offered it. So, if you want to look at leadership, leadership that fought both parties, that had a good, prescient view of what was going on in the future and had people come around to our point of view, I think we have a pretty good track record on that. SMERCONISH: Senator, you were joined yesterday at Congressman King’s event in Iowa by a whole host of potential Republican candidates for the presidency.

There’s a – Barbara Jordan, who you know very well, chaired the last immigration panel that was put together to try to find a bipartisan solution to immigration reform back in the ’90s. And so, yes, there are – there is – are changes to our immigration laws that need to be made that focus the immigration policies on where we need certain skills or certain people to come to this country to help gin up and encourage our economy. SANTORUM: Well, I would say if you, again, you look at the skill levels of the people who are coming and the jobs that they are taking, they’re not necessarily – they aren’t entrepreneurial jobs.

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