1980 Reagan-Bush Debate Video: Give Mexican Immigrants Work Permits & No Border Fence

  • by: Alan Duke

What Would Ronald Reagan Do? Video from a 1980 debate between presidential candidates Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush show the 2016 GOP candidates are far different on the matter of illegal immigration and Mexico border security.

Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush agreed when a questioner asked them if the children of illegal immigrants should be allowed to attend public schools in the United States. Yes, they both answered.

Reagan went even further. "Make it possible for them to come here legally with a work permit and then while they're working and earning here, they pay taxes, and when they want to go back they can go back."

The Reagan and Bush positions of 36 years ago are a sharp contrast to the huge wall GOP frontrunner Donald Trump vows to build if elected president.

Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush debate Mexican border security...

What would Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush say about immigration and securing the Mexican border today?Well, here's what they said about it in 1980 during a GOP debate in Houston.(Archival video from Getty Images)

Posted by Houston Chronicle on Tuesday, January 5, 2016


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Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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