August 31, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT -- Fmr. New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson - Libertarian candidate for President - issued this statement in reaction to Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump’s speech addressing immigration policy delivered this evening in Phoenix, AZ:
“Americans, and particularly Latinos, deserve better than the performance we witnessed tonight from Donald Trump.
He goes to Mexico for a photo op with President Peña Nieto, claims to have a great meeting, and then flies to Phoenix to deliver the same incendiary message of nativism and divisiveness that he used to launch his campaign a year ago.
He even called it a 'Great Wall'. Unbelievable.
All we heard was the same worn out anti-immigrant rhetoric that too many politicians have been using for years. He proposes to perpetuate the immigration quotas that ignore realities and lie at the root of our broken immigration system. He rehashed the unworkable 'self-deportation’ idea for those millions of undocumented immigrants here already, expecting them to leave their jobs and families and return home to somehow return legally -- an idea that has been around for years and thankfully dismissed by those who actually understand how absurd it is . And, ignoring the fact that immigrants commit crimes at lower rates than any other group, he turned up the volume on the ‘blame immigrants first’ language that has derailed real immigration reform for more than decade.
As for his tripled ICE deportation agents, what are they going to do? Go door-to-door in New Mexico? America won’t stand for that.
Adding specifics and detail to an anti-immigrant policy does not change that policy or make it any less offensive.”
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