A 2020 Democratic presidential candidate reveled this week that she has “a lot of ideas” on handling illegal immigration, and none of them are any good.
While speaking to a small group of supporters on Tuesday in Iowa, New York Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand unveiled the radical idea of using taxpayer money to give illegal aliens healthcare, money for schools, and a pathway to citizenship.
She also claimed that there’s “no such thing” as an illegal alien.
“So what will I do? I have a lot of ideas,” Gillibrand said.
“First, we need comprehensive immigration reform. If you are in this country now, you must have the right to pay into Social Security, to pay your taxes, to pay into the local school system, and to have a pathway to citizenship,” she explained.
“That must happen!” Gillibrand concluded.
The most outrageous idea Gillibrand suggested was providing a pathway to citizenship to every illegal immigrant currently in the United States.
That would essentially mean that the roughly 20 million illegal aliens in the country would be eligible for amnesty.
This would also encourage immigrants from all over to come to the U.S., because if they made it inside the country, they would believe they could stay and receive taxpayer benefits.
When she’s not pushing for taxpayers to foot the bill for illegal aliens, Gillibrand is actually quite a hypocrite on immigration.
Earlier this year, Gillibrand got called out by CNN’s Jake Tapper for claiming that President Donald Trump’s immigration views are “racist,” but they weren’t racist when she held those same beliefs.
“My immigration views certainly weren’t empathetic and they were not kind and I did not think about suffering in other people’s lives,” Gillibrand told Jake Tapper on Sunday morning.
“You said Trump’s immigration positions are racist — that’s the word you used, racist,” Tapper fired back.
“If Trump’s immigration positions are racist, were they racist when you held some of those positions as well?” he asked.
“One thing I did 10 years ago when I became senator and was going to represent 20 million people across our state, I recognized that a lot of places in my state were different and I needed to understand what those constituents needed, too. I took the time, I went down to Brooklyn … I realized that the things I had said were wrong,” she said, groveling.
Jake Tapper: “If Trump’s immigration positions are racist, were they racist when you held some of those positions as well?”
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY): “They certainly weren't empathetic. And they were not kind. And I did not think about suffering in other people’s lives.” pic.twitter.com/neyCVLIdSj
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) January 20, 2019
What a joke.
Gillibrand’s immigration views have completely “shifted” from what she believed in 2006:
Running for the House in 2006, Gillibrand attacked her opponent from the right on immigration and called securing the border “a national security priority.” In a 2007 interview, Gillibrand said “you have to close the borders” as a first step to “right size” immigration. In a 2008 mailer sent from her congressional office, Gillibrand touted her efforts to expedite “the removal of illegal aliens by expanding detention capacity and increasing the number of Federal District Court judges.”
She’s a total hypocrite and now she’s pandering to voters by siding with illegal aliens.