Santorum: Deportation Is A ‘Gift’ That Can Spark ‘Renaissance’ Back Home

AP

Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) seemed to endorse mass deportation in Thursday’s GOP undercard debate, arguing that by sending “six million Mexicans, Hondurans, Guatemalans, back into their country” they could “start a renaissance in their country so they won’t be coming over here anymore.”

Santorum brought up illegal immigration after being asked about unemployment.

“We need to send people back, I mean send people back,” he said.

Santorum brought up being in Storm Lake, Iowa, where he said, “91 percent of the kids that go to elementary school are minority kids.”

“They said, ‘What are you going to do with all these people? They are families lived here for a long time.'” Santorum recounted. “I will give them a gift, being able to help the country they were born in. I will export America, the education they were able to see. They learned the English language. They learned about capitalism. They learned about democracy. You want to stop the flow of immigrants. Send six million Mexicans, Hondurans, Guatemalans, back into their country to start a renaissance in their country so they won’t be coming over here anymore.”

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