Speaking with Guy Benson, the political editor of Townhall.com. Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson gave his perspective regarding illegal immigrants, and it was about as leftist as one could imagine.
As a former border-state governor (Johnson served as Governor of New Mexico from 1995-2003 as a Republican), Johnson knows first-hand about the issue, but when Benson called those crossing the border “illegal immigrants,” Johnson responded, “’Undocumented,’ by the way. If you use the term ‘illegal immigrants’ that is very incendiary to our Hispanic population here in this country.”
Benson countered, “Why is that? Johnson replied, “It just is, It just is,” then added patronizingly, “Just so that you know. So that you know and you don’t have to use that term.”
Benson pressed, “But isn’t the term accurate, in the sense that they enter the country, they emigrated to the country illegally?”
Johnson shouted as he waved his finger in Benson’s face:
They came into this country because they couldn’t get in legally and the jobs existed! And you or I would have done the same thing. And were talking about now, coming from New Mexico, a population with 48% Hispanic, how’s the crackdown on 11 million undocumented workers gonna work out? It’s gonna be dragging people from their homes; that’s how it’s gonna work out. Checking your papers, house to house, and I gotta tell you: what Donald Trump is saying regarding immigration could not be more incendiary. It’s insulting to me, coming from New Mexico.
After Benson noted that Barack Obama admitted that he lacked the constitutional authority to issue blanket work permits amnesty, but didn’t anyway, and Johnson’s previous support for those ends, Benson asked, “As someone who is a libertarian and pledges fealty to the Constitution, the way that you defended it was saying it might at least gotten Congress to do something. Is that how separation of powers ought to work? Is that a healthy reading of the separation of powers?”
Johnson, ditching any fealty to the Constitution, and by extension, true Libertarian principles, answered lamely, “It is the reality, though. The three branches are always butting heads with one another, and we do have a system, as imperfect as some might argue it is, it’s the best system that does exist.”
“It is the reality, though.”
Gary Johnson, evading whether Barack Obama’s executive order destroyed the government’s separation of powers
Johnson later admitted that Obama’s “DAPA” executive order might have been unconstitutional, but he argued that it was “appropriate.”
Later in the conversation Johnson admitted he agreed with avowed socialist Bernie Sanders “73 percent of the time.”