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Nikki Haley in 2015: Americans Should Not Call Illegal Aliens ‘Criminals’ Because ‘They’re Not’

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Nikki Haley, a Republican presidential candidate, previously expressed that referring to illegal aliens as “criminals” is disrespectful, emphasizing the need for kindness and respect in the immigration debate.

However, her recent statements indicate a shift towards a “catch and deport” policy, asserting that illegal immigrants should be deported when caught.

This change contrasts with her previous emphasis on respect and kindness in the immigration discourse. (Trending: Trump Announces Heartbreaking Melania-Related Health Update)

Walter Isaacson asked, “As a family of immigrants from India, how does that inform your thinking on the immigration debate and what do you feel about the tone of the immigration debate as it has recently turned?”

“So I think that what we have to remember and what I’ve always believed is that we’re a country of laws. That is what’s made us strong so it’s incredibly frustrating for a lot of people when they see the illegal immigrants being able to come across. It really is astonishing that after all these years, D.C. can’t figure out how to build a wall. It really is, after all of what they spend,” said Haley.

“Having said that, we are a country of immigrants. I am the proud daughter of Indian parents who reminded us every day how blessed we are to live in this country. They resent when people come here illegally. But let’s keep in mind, these people who are wanting to come here, they’re wanting to come for a better life too. They have kids too. They have a heart too, so we don’t need to be disrespectful. We don’t need to talk about them as criminals, they’re not. They’re families that want a better life and they’re desperate to get here,” she continued.

“What we need to do is make sure we have a set of laws that we follow and we go through with that. I think that some things have been said that are unfortunate and wrong but I think we also need to remember, especially for all of us … tone and communication matters and people matter. We don’t ever need to talk about this in a cold-hearted way … be kinder than necessary,” added Haley.

“What we need to do is when you catch them, you deport them back from where they came,” declared the GOP candidate.

“You can’t allow them in this country. My parents always said, ‘If someone doesn’t follow the law to come into this country, they won’t follow the law when they get into this country.’ We have got to stop the bleeding,” she concluded.

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