Except of course, Republican favorite Chris Christie. Campaigning in Iowa, Christie said he is open to resettling immigrants in New Jersey.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Thursday during a visit to Iowa that he is open to reviewing requests to accept unaccompanied immigrant children into his state.Even now, Christie feels the need to made a coded reference to his support for an Amnesty/Immigration Surge and to triangulate against his own party.
During his remarks, the Republican governor slammed the Obama administration for the influx of immigrant children from Central America. Since October, over 52,000 children and teenagers have been caught crossing the Southwest border illegally, nearly twice as many as were caught last year, the Los Angeles Times reported.
"I have great empathy for that situation, but frankly the administration has done an awful job in securing our border, and they need to do that," Christie told reporters after campaigning on behalf of incumbent Gov. Terry Branstad in Marion, reported CNN.
"I don't think ... it matters one bit what your Hispanic population is, as to whether or not you're going to offer help and assistance," he said. "So we'll take every request that comes based on its merits and make those decisions..."
"The reason you see the [immigration] numbers up that way is because people know in the United States that the federal government has refused to address this issue in any meaningful way, in both parties," Christie said, according to Fox News Latino.
[Child Immigration Crisis: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie Open to Housing Immigrant Children from Central America, by Selena Hill, Latin Post, July 18, 2014]