Santorum: I Don’t Agree With Trump, But He’s Right To Focus On Immigration

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July 6, 2015 6:58 a.m.

Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) on Sunday condemned recent remarks made about Mexican immigrants by his fellow Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, but Santorum also insisted that Trump “points to a very important thing.”

Trump last month called Mexican immigrants “rapists” and drug dealers, prompting to numerous members in the Republican party to denounce his remarks.

When asked about Trump’s comments on CBS’ “Face The Nation,” Santorum said that he “certainly wouldn’t have said those things.”

“I don’t agree with his comments, obviously,” he said.

But Santorum noted that undocumented immigrants know they are breaking the law by entering the country.

“The vast majority of people coming legally into this country from Mexico and other places are people who want to do the right thing. People who are coming illegally obviously are coming with a bad intent, let’s just be honest. They’re coming in with the clear intent of breaking the law,” he said. “I don’t think we can sugar-coat that but that doesn’t mean that everybody who is coming across is a rapist or a murderer or anything else. Obviously, but they are breaking the law.”

Santorum said that Trump “points to a very important thing, which is we have a serious problem of illegal immigration in this country that is undermining American workers.”

“So while I don’t like verbiage he’s used, I like the fact that he is focused on a very important issue for American workers, and particularly legal immigrants in this country,” he said.

Watch the clip via CBS:

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