Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson took on Donald Trump over his immigration policy and plans to build a wall along the border between the U.S. and Mexico.
“He [Donald Trump] talks about deporting 11 million undocumented workers. That has a basis in complete misunderstanding of the situation,” Johnson told the FOX Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo.
According to Johnson, America should not be opposed to immigration but rather have a more welcoming, supportive policy.
“Immigrants are not taking jobs that U.S. citizens want. We should be embracing immigration. We should make it as easy as possible for somebody that wants to come into the country and work to be able to get a work visa. And a work visa should entail a background check and a social security card so that taxes get paid.”
Johnson also spoke out against Trump’s calls to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
“Look, building a wall is just crazy. I can just see the Mexican president [saying], ‘Donald Trump, take this wall down.’ And you know what, he is going to be on the right side of history. At some point, if Trump is elected and if he does this wall, which is really asinine, we will take it down at some point.”
Johnson then weighed in on the factors driving illegal immigration.
“The reason why there’s 11 million undocumented workers Maria is because they can’t get across the border legally and yet the jobs exist. So they’re forced to cross illegally. And by the way, the illegal crossings right now are like at a 10-year low. So I’m not proposing anything change on the border.”