Ohio Gov. John Kasich said Congress and House Speaker Paul Ryan should work out a plan to allow the 800,000 DACA youth to remain in the United States as permanent residents.
He called it a simple moral issue.
“It should take like six hours to get this done. And the way I think they need to do it is to get reasonable Republicans and Democrats from the middle and build out a solution to this,” said Kasich, who ran for president in 2016. He insisted that such middle-of-the-road reasonable politicos exist.
“They are like common sense, normal thinking Americans. They exist,” Kasich said in a six-minute interview aired on CBS This Morning.
The governor said the children and young people in DACA are “contributors” to American society.
“If you were one of these young people, striving to be a part of America and to make something of yourself and all of a sudden somebody tells you one day you may be deported to a country you know nothing about. We want them in America,” Kasich said on CBS This Morning.
He added “If the Dreamers want to go somewhere and live, come to Ohio. We want all the immigrants to come to Ohio because we know how much they contribute to America.”
Kasich had this message for U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.
“Paul Ryan said he wanted to fix this: Go fix it. Get it done. Lead.”
Kasch also said that it would be very difficult for an independent to run for president, unless the candidate were a multi-billionaire willing to self-fund. The Republican noted that the political landscape is constantly shifting, which leaves the door open to “more dramatic change.”
When asked if he would run on a ticket with Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, Kasich quipped that it wouldn’t fit on a bumpersticker. “That just won’t work.”
Ohio State University President Michael V. Drake joined other universities in urging Congress to allow DACA students to continue “their pursuit of the American Dream.”
In a statement issued Tuesday, Drake said “DACA students have overcome barriers, often against the odds, have been admitted to our competitive institution and contribute greatly to our success.”