Gov. John Kasich on DACA: ‘We Want All the Immigrants to Come to Ohio’

Does it matter if they’re here illegally?

Former Republican presidential candidate and Ohio Governor John Kasich expressed distaste in President Trump’s plan to repeal the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and invited all immigrants to come live in his state.

Kasich was in a particularly fiery mood on CBS This Morning Wednesday, and when asked if he supports Trump’s decision, he laughed incredulously:

“No! Can you imagine that we’re taking kids who came here, you know, they had nothing to do with the fact that they were brought here? They’ve become a very significant part of our society… and now we put them in jeopardy.”

“We want them in America,” he said. "Congress has six months, it should take six hours to get this done, and the way I think they need to do it, they need reasonable Republicans and Democrats from the middle and build out a solution to this.”

Kasich prefers a “simple solution” and that is, granting the Dreamers “permanent status.” He argues that it isn’t fair to ship these “contributors” out of the U.S. and into countries they know nothing about.

In fact, the governor invited them all to Ohio:

“This is the United States of America and we're putting kids, young people, in jeopardy. This is not the America that we all love, this is a melting pot. And by the way, if the Dreamers want to go somewhere and live, come to Ohio. We want all the immigrants to come to Ohio, ‘cause we know how much they contribute to America.”

Kasich said it’s time to tell the two extreme sides on this issue to make something productive happen or “go away” and let “commonsense, normal-thinking Americans” do it.

“I wouldn’t be in America if it wasn’t for immigration,” Gov. Kasich added. “Who knows, maybe I’d be the president of Croatia.”

He would probably have a better chance there than he did here.