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Santorum: Undocumented Immigrant Families Should Be Broken Up

By Amanda Peterson Beadle  

"Santorum: Undocumented Immigrant Families Should Be Broken Up"

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At a campaign stop in Spencer, Iowa on Wednesday, former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) join the game of one-upsmanship his fellow GOP presidential contenders have been playing for weeks to see who can come up with the most draconian immigration proposal. According to Santorum, the solution to America’s immigration problem is more broken families:

When asked how to handle someone who is brought to the country illegally by their parents, Santorum said they continue to break the law by having fake documentation and also accused fellow presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich of having “false compassion.”

“You can’t be here for 20 years and commit only one illegal act … because everything you’re doing while you’re here is against the law …” Santorum said. “I understand Congressman Gingrich saying, ‘Well, you know, people have been here and they’ve been good citizens and paying taxes.’ Yeah, under somebody else’s Social Security number because you stole it.”

Families should be broken up when the law is broken, which includes illegal immigration, he added.

Santorum’s new broken families proposal is the mirror image of a proposal he offered last week. Then, he said on Fox News that he “doesn’t want to break up families.” And he would be OK with the family being deported together because he added, “we’re not sending them to any kind of difficult country.”

Setting aside the heartlessness of Santorum’s broken families policy, it’s also a horrible waste of money. Thousands of immigrant children already languish in the U.S. foster care system after their parents were deported. And it would be enormously costly for the nation to deport everyone who is in the nation illegally — as Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry have suggested — on top of the strains it would put on the foster care system. Deporting every undocumented immigrant in the country would cost a massive $285 billion over five years.

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