Posted on January 13, 2012

Senate Candidate: Illegal Texans ‘Need to Go Back’

Gary Scharrer, Chron, January 12, 2012

Former football standout Craig James says 12 million immigrants who did not enter the country legally should be deported because they broke the law. But the new Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate concedes that finding all those who are not here properly will be hard — as would the acquisition of enough busses to move those people out of Texas.

Folks who didn’t come to this country legally “need to go back,” James said Thursday before a U.S. campaign debate with other GOP candidates. “They have to pay the price for coming here illegally.”

The former SMU star and NFL Hall of Famer says he has compassion for families who came to the United States for work and a better way of life.

“But they came here illegally. They broke the law,” James said.

He does not support the Dream Act, which would provide a pathway to citizenship for children who arrived in the country illegally if they serve in the military or graduate from college.

James called the status of children of illegal immigrants “unfortunate. But, they are here illegally.”

James did not say how people here not legally should be returned to their native countries.

“We have to squeeze down … find out who they are and get them out of here,” he said. “I have compassion for those kids, but they have broken the law because they are still here.”


James wants to jump from his EPSN sports broadcasting career directly to the U.S. Senate. {snip}