Rick Santorum Looked A Mexican-Born DREAMer In Eyes And Told Her To Get Out Of The Country (VIDEO)


During Van Jones’ CNN Special titled “The Messy Truth,” Rick Santorum, former Republican U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania, had a cringe-worthy exchange with an undocumented woman currently protected under President Barrack Obama’s DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) policy. DACA protects children of undocumented immigrants from being deported.

Elizabeth Vilchis, who was brought into the U.S. illegally by her parents when she was 7-years-old, told Santorum of her concern that under President-elect Donald Trump’s administration, she feared she could face deportation if they repeal DACA.

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She shared how after she learned at a young age of America’s deficit of people pursuing Science, Technical, Engineering, and Mathematical (STEM) careers, she “decided to be part of the solution.”

Vilchis worked hard and earned her degree in mechanical engineering, and spent nearly a decade since then teaching and mentoring young people to enter the field.

“’I stand to lose all the work that I’ve done if the administration decides to end DACA,’ Vilchis said.”

“My career will come to an end if that program ends and I will also potentially be labeled for deportation, which means I am going to be removed from the communities that I’ve contributed to so much.”

She asked Santorum what advice he would give her on how to plan for a future which could at any moment include deportation under Trump’s regime.

Santorum first tried to soften his answer by sharing his “own personal story” involving his father immigrating to the U.S. when he was 7 years old. The former senator concluded that his father believed that coming to America “was worth doing the right way.”

But that was where Santorum’s “empathy” came to an end.

“What most people in America feel is that you’ve been given a tremendous benefit by being here in this country,” Santorum said, later adding that his ‘guess’ is that Vilches “‘wouldn’t have had the opportunities to be able to accomplish what you have’ anywhere else.”

“My final point is that you have the ability to go to any other country right now and apply those wares, and be successful, and reapply to come back to America,’ Santorum added.

After Santorum succeeded in putting both feet in his mouth, CNN contributor Ana Navarro jumped in and immediately defended Vilchis while making Santorum look like the a**hole empty suit he really is.

“First of all, this is your country,” Navarro responded. “No matter what he says, no matter what anybody else says, this is your country.”

“That’s not what the law says,” Santorum shot back.

Undeterred, Navarro continued, “I, as an American, thank you for the contributions you are making to our joint country. I want you here.” The CNN contributor added that “anonymity is no longer an option for people like” Vilchis.

“You’ve got to tell your story and change and affect public opinion, because your stories are beautiful. They’re the stories of the American dream.”

Vilchis once again tried to appeal to the conservative’s better angels by reminding him that she was brought to the U.S. without any knowledge or control over her situation.

“It’s tragic to hear that,” Santorum replied, later adding, “As much as I’m sympathetic to you, you should recognize the gift that America has given you and that you can give to the world.”

Meanwhile, angry reactions to Santorum’s heartless display immediately began to surface across social media.

But the Republicans sent their best and brightest out to defend Santorum.

Republicans like Santorum and Trump continue to remind sane Americans why they should “be afraid, be very afraid.”


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