Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) said on Sunday that GOP presidential candidate Donald TrumpDonald TrumpManafort: Progressives 'cheated by the establishment' with Clinton VP pick Trump campaign: Leaked DNC emails prove system is 'rigged' Clinton campaign manager: DNC needs to get to bottom of email leaks MORE’s immigration policies are too rudimentary for solving such a vast challenge.
“You know, the idea of building a wall, kicking everyone out and ending birthright citizenship, all sounds appealing to some folks,” Christie said. “But I just think it’s a very complicated problem.
“It needs someone who understands how to do complicated and nuanced solution to the problem,” the 2016 GOP presidential candidate added. “And, you know, the fact is we can do this the right way. And we should do it the right way.”
Trump sparked fierce debate in the GOP’s crowded 2016 field by releasing his official immigration platform last weekend.
Christie argued on Sunday that he rejects calls for ending birthright citizenship.
“I don’t think we should be looking to change it,” he said.
“The truth of the matter is that’s not something we should be focused on,” Christie said. “That’s an applause line.”
“Let’s talk about the things we can fix and fix simply without having to amend the Constitution, where we’ll need, you know, two-thirds in Congress and 38 states to agree,” he added.
Christie said on Sunday that he understands why so many Americans are disenchanted with the nation’s immigration policies.
He charged that President Obama’s pick-and-choose approach to immigration law enforcement is driving voters toward Republicans.
“I mean, the problem, John, is that people are just absolutely fed up with lawlessness in this country,” Christie said.
“I think the frustration people feel is to a Congress and a president, this president, who refuses to enforce the law.”