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Kasich believes we need to finish securing the border. He also believes those already here should have a guest worker program, pay back taxes for non-criminals, pay a fine and get on a path to legalization not citizenship.
DAVID MUIR: Turn to immigration now and I want to bring in Governor Kasich. Because you told us in an ABC interview Governor quote “it is completely ridiculous to think we’re going to go into neighborhoods, drag people out of their homes and ship people back to Mexico. Adding quote “that’s not where the party is”. The party is not for deporting 11.5 million people but Mr. Trump and Senator Cruz, who have made deportation central to their campaigns, top the national polls. So my question for you: are you not where the voters are?
JOHN KASICH: You know David I’ve spent a lot of time here in this state as I mentioned earlier. And we have to have practical solutions just like we were just talking about a few minutes ago on North Korea. Look, the situation is we need to finish the border. It needs to be completed. Just like we lock our doors at night the country has to be able to lock its doors. And we can have a guest worker program where people can come in and out in an orderly way. And then for the eleven and a half million that are here, if they have not committed a crime since they’ve been here I believe they ought to pay some back taxes, a fine and never get on the path to citizenship but get legalization. I couldn’t even imagine how we would even begin to think about taking a mom or a dad out of a house when they have not committed a crime since they’ve been here. Leaving their children in the house? That is not, in my opinion, the kind of values that we believe in. And secondly I think at the end of the day that Americans would support a plan like this. I think congress would pass a plan to finish the border, guest worker, pay a fine, a path to legalization and not citizenship. And we’ve got to get this done and I will tell you this: within the first hundred days that I am president I will put that proposal to the congress and I will tell you that as a former congressman and an executive in Ohio I can promise that I believe you’ll get the votes to pass that and we can move on with that issue and protect our border.
6 February, 2016: GOP Debate at St. Anselm College in Manchester New Hampshire.