In Announcement Speech, Chris Christie Fails to Give "Big Ideas" to Fix Our Broken Immigration System

In Announcement Speech, Chris Christie Fails to Give "Big Ideas" to Fix Our Broken Immigration System

Christie promises a campaign “without spin or pandering,” but continues to backtrack support for immigration reform and citizenship

WASHINGTON – Today, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie officially entered the 2016 presidential race at a rally in Livingston, New Jersey. 

Below are remarks by Lupe Lopez, Executive Director of the Alliance for Citizenship.

“In his campaign launch speech today, Chris Christie pledged to reject political spin and answer direct questions with “big ideas and hard truths”… but he continued to neglect the issue of immigration and ignore the lives of millions living in the shadows in our country. Christie used to “tell it like it is” on immigration – coming out in support of a path to citizenship, backing in-state tuition for undocumented immigrant youth – but now that he’s a candidate for president, he’s avoiding the issue at all cost.

“To stand out from the crowded field of GOP presidential candidates – Christie could've presented some big ideas to fix our broken immigration system – starting with support for citizenship and a promise to continue executive actions that would protect hardworking immigrant families from being separated by deportation. On the campaign trail, he should meet with immigrant families and answer their questions with no political spin or pandering – just as he has promised. 

“Christie himself said that the next president has the 'opportunity to do something great.' Nowhere is that more true than on immigration reform – but by continuing to distance himself from the issue, Latino, Asian American, and immigrant voters who have families and friends caught in our broken system are not optimistic that Christie is any different than the rest of the anti-immigrant Republican candidates running for president.”

 

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