Earlier this month, Rick Santorum announced he would be supporting a plan to reduce legal immigration to the U.S. by 25 percent, setting himself apart as easily the most restrictionist candidate in the GOP field thus far. Predictably, his proposals have drawn praise from the restrictionist group NumbersUSA, which will reportedly be grading the candidates on the issue:
The best “grade” of either announced or possible GOP candidates is Rick Santorum, the former Pennsylvania senator.
“He’s likely going to get an A, maybe even an A-plus just as an example,” Beck says of Santorum, who has announced a decision is coming.
Santorum, Beck insists, has “set the bar” for Numbers USA’s grading scale.
There is a certain irony in Santorum’s and NumbersUSA’s newfound congruity. While NumbersUSA advocates for restricting immigration in order to slow American population growth, which it says is “unsustainable” and has “had a negative effect on the quality of life of many Americans today,” Santorum has been outspoken in his concern about low American birth rates and the need to support families with children. Take, for example, an interview Santorum gave on “Fox News Sunday” in 2012, where he defended his plan to triple the child tax credit by pointing to declining birth rates:
Yes, well, you look at what’s going on in Europe today. What they have a tax code just similar — actually worse than ours with respect to families and children.
And guess what’s happening?