In version of an immigration policy he's discussed in the past, Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said on "Face the Nation" this weekend that in "the Carson administration" the southern border would be sealed "within the first year." However, Carson made clear that he did not believe it was practical to just "round [illegal immigrants] up." Instead, his administration would offer guest worker visas to those with "pristine" records.
Carson began by blasting the "disgusting" failure of the federal government to support local authorities in protecting the border.
"[O]ur problem is that our federal government is not supporting the local authorities at the border," said Carson. "It's disgusting what is going on."
Saying that while the "logistics" of handling the immigration crisis are "difficult," the retired neurosurgeon argued that any acceptable reform has to begin with sealing the border, pledging that his administration would "certainly" do so "within a year":
CARSON: Until we seal our borders, everything else is irrelevant. But let’s say we get them sealed, because certainly in the Carson administration that would be done within the first year, you have to also turn off the spigot that dispenses the goodies so that people don’t have any incentive to come here.
Carson then laid out his ideas on a guest worker program for those illegal immigrant who "haven't been causing problems":
CARSON: And then those who are here, you know, we have to recognize that we can’t just round them up, but we can give them an opportunity to register. I would give them a six-month period. And if they register and if they have a pristine record, they haven’t been causing problems, I would give them an opportunity to become guest workers. Not citizens, not voting people, not people who get, you know, goodies. I think that way would be a fair way to do it.