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Pete Buttigieg Supports Pathway To Citizenship For The Millions Of Illegal Immigrants

Jason Hopkins on April 23, 2019

Democratic presidential nominee Pete Buttigieg said he supports a “pathway to citizenship” for the more than “10 million” illegal immigrants living the United States.

“There are over 10 million people who are undocumented immigrants in this country who don’t fall into [the DACA] category and the reality is we can’t have comprehensive immigration reform that works unless it addresses the status for those 11 some million undocumented immigrants,” Buttigieg said Monday night during a CNN town hall forum.

Buttigieg spoke highly of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, but noted that it only protects about 700,000 young illegal immigrants from deportation. The mayor of South Bend, Indiana wants to implement a measure that would give citizenship to the millions of undocumented adults living in the U.S.

Eleven million is actually a low number number according to other expert estimations. A Yale study, for example, put the number of illegal aliens living in the U.S around 22 million, twice as much as previous estimations.

“What we need to do is make sure there is a pathway to citizenship for them too,” he said, claiming that there was broad consensus on the issue.

The 37-year-old mayor said comprehensive immigration reform would include: A pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens, a level of protection for dreamers, reforms to clear up the “bureaucracy and backlogs” in the lawful immigration system, and reasonable measures of border security.

“We know what to do. It’s just that we don’t have the leadership in Washington to do it, and I’m afraid one of the reasons is we’ve got a White House that’s actually computed that it’s better off politically if this problem goes unsolved so that Americans can continue to be divided around it,” the mayor continued.

In a follow-up immigration question, Buttigieg would not explicitly say he whether or not he would make South Bend a “sanctuary city.” However, he made clear that his police force was not responsible for helping Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) apprehend illegal migrants.

“I regard us as a welcoming city,” he said, adding that he didn’t know if that made his town a sanctuary city. “Here’s what we do in South Bend: We make it very clear that our South Bend police department is not responsible for enforcing federal immigration policy.” 

The mayor suggested that if local police were to begin helping immigration enforcement, many in the immigrant and Latino community would be afraid to approach them about solving crime.

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  • The actual number is probably closer to 30 million, but as Hillary would say, "What difference does it make?!", while laughing maniacally. NEVER addressed is why tens of millions have poured into the US in the first place- 'hint', it's not freedom or democracy. It's the hundreds of billions in freebies we hand out to anyone who can fog a mirror. Until that changes, no wall will be high enough.

  • Dude is saying 11 million...that's the exact number that went over the border last week!

    But thanks for clarifying your position. I thought I wouldn't vote for you...but now I'm so sure I won't!

  • Foreign nationals residing illegally in our country are just that. They are not US citizens. They have no loyalty to America. They are subjects of a foreign government and that is where their allegiance lies. To allow them vote in our lections is the same as allowing foreign governments to influence those elections. Give us one good reason why this should be tolerated!

  • Can't wait to see how he does in the Muslim World and negotiations with the Mid East Countries. Hope he can dodge stones.

  • No way in hell if caught automatically right then Deported no going home or waiting there needs to be a bus waiting right outside every voting place load them up get them gone and these Traitors democratics socialist all need arrested


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