Carly Fiorina May Have Stood Up To Trump But She Won’t Stand Up For Immigration Reform

Carly Fiorina at the September 16th CNN debates.
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Carly Fiorina at the September 16th CNN debates.

By Felicia J. Persaud

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Sept. 25, 2015: After the second Republican debate of September 16th on CNN, most will agree that Carly Fiorina was a standout performer on the stage. She showed poise, was not afraid to take on the boys, including Donald Trump.

Fiorina showed the qualities of a leader – calm and cool under pressure and criticism. But do not be fooled – Fiorina is no warmer to undocumented immigrants than most of the other GOP contenders.

Infact, the chairwoman of the American Conservative Union Foundation, the Unlocking Potential Project, Good360 and Opportunity International, is more brutal than Jeb Bush on immigration reform and how she insists on dealing with immigration reform.

Let’s take a look closer at where Fiorina, former chairwoman and CEO of Hewlett-Packard and former candidate for United States Senate in California in 2010 stands on the hot button issue of immigration:

1: On immigration reform and Obama’s executive action on immigration:

Fiorina favored like many Tea Party right wing conservative lawmakers, a showdown with President Obama on this issue.

2: She does not support comprehensive immigration reform.

Fiorina now says she does not support comprehensive immigration reform in the U.S. In fact, she wastes no opportunity in reiterating her objections to comprehensive immigration reform since running for President. Yet like flip flopper Mitt Romney, Fiorina previously supported the Gang of 8 comprehensive reform bill.

 3: She suddenly supports the Dream Act.

In a sleek wink to Latino voters from the CNN stage at the Ronald Reagan Library in the immigrant populated state of California, Fiorina suddenly said for the first time on Wednesday night, September 16th, that she would support the DREAM Act, which would allow certain undocumented youths to earn legal status by attending college or serving in the military.

Ironically, this was part of the executive action the President was taking when he was stopped by Republicans and their justices. So is Fiorina telling the truth? I think not!

 4: On illegal immigration and the border:

Like most the Republican field, Fiorina feels the federal government isn’t doing its job on securing the borders. Forget the fact that Obama has deported more immigrants than the two Bushes or any President ever and border crossings are at an all time low. It’s still about the borders with the GOP and Fiorina is right there with her base.

 5: Support Arizona’s “papers please” law.

Fiorina has voiced support for Arizona’s “papers please” law, which has been cited for being racist and discriminatory.

During an April 2010 interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Fiorina said, “The people of Arizona did what they felt they had to do. I support their need to protect their citizens. But what we ought to be talking about is the federal government needs to secure the border.

6: Fiorina Opposes Funding Sanctuary Cities

On a, “the nation’s largest network of pro-family groups,”  survey that summarizes candidate stances on ‘Continued funding of sanctuary cities, ‘ Fiorina has stated she will oppose funding for the so called “sanctuary cities” that have policies designed to not prosecute undocumented immigrants.

7: Fiorina opposes repealing birthright citizenship.

Unlike the madness proposed by Donald Trump, Fiorina opposes birthright citizenship. “I don’t support changing the 14th Amendment. I think what we need to do is have the federal government do its job and secure the border and have a temporary worker program that works. And all the rest of it is a distraction and, unfortunately, an emotional distraction,” Politico quoted her as saying recently.

8: Fiorina supports an expansion of the H-1B Visa program.

Like any good former Tech CEO, Fiorina supports the H-1B Visa program by the U.S. government which largely lets mostly tech companies hire highly skilled workers from overseas. According to her 2010 Senate campaign website, Fiorina supported “developing an effective visa program and temporary worker program to support legal immigrants who fulfill important roles in our nation’s economy.”

The writer is CMO of Hard Beat Communications, which owns the brands News Americas Now, CaribPR Wire and Invest Caribbean Now.