Former Mayor Pete Buttigieg expressed his dissatisfaction on Monday about America’s legal immigration program, saying that it isn’t allowing enough immigrants into the United States.
“This county needs more people than its immigration system is willing to allow,” Buttigieg stated. “So, what happens? The people come, but then they are endangered of all of the uncertainties of being undocumented in this country.”
Buttigieg argued that the current legal immigration system was “outdated” as a result of the country failing to pass any serious immigration reform since the 1980s.
The ex-mayor of South Bend explained about immigration while campaigning in Carson City, Nevada. He mentioned that his city of South Bend has already grown in population, thanks to illegal immigration.
“That is almost entirely as a result of immigration … and many of them are undocumented,” he stated.
Buttigieg expressed the struggle of illegal immigrants – sympathizing with living with the uncertainty of getting deported.
“This is not something that is making America stronger right now,” he stated.
Buttigieg called for “real immigration reform” that will give pardon to illegal immigrants.
The former mayor mentioned that if he wins for the presidency, he will immediately change President Trump’s enforcement policies on “day one.”
“On day one, we go to the border, and we start managing the border in a way that matches our values, as well as our laws,” he said. “With humanity and compassion as well as security.”
After Buttigieg finished speaking on immigration, someone in the crowd yelled, “Take down the wall.”
Buttigieg looked back at the crowd and nodded, although it was not sure whether he agreed with the idea.
The Buttigieg campaign did not respond to a request for comment.