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CNN Panelist Clashes With Rick Santorum In Off-the-Rails Segment on DACA: ‘Oh, Stop It!’

With President Donald Trump’s announcement on the status of the Deferred Action for Childhood Approvals (DACA) expected Tuesday — following earlier reports that the president is expected to end the program — a CNN panel segment got a bit heated over the issue this morning.

During an extended broadcast of CNN’s State of the Union, CNN political commentator Rick Santorum took the position of defending the potential end of DACA, claiming that America is dealing with record levels of immigration and that has impacted wages of Americans. When pressed by panelist Carlos Gutierrez on whether he was directly blaming immigrants, Santorum exclaimed he wasn’t but just wanted to have a “rational discussion” on the issue, lamenting that he was being labeled a “bigot” for questioning the policy.

“If I can just say one thing, an economy grows with the number of workers in the economy, and the number of jobs in the economy, our native born workforce is not growing fast enough to support the economy,” Gutierrez stated, after pointing out many people are threatened by immigrants. “Without immigration, we cannot grow.”

And so it went for a few minutes, with Democratic strategist Neera Tanden and Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) also weighing in with observations, leading to the Trump-supporting Santorum to complain that he was dealing with a three-on-one situation. (For the record, Gutierrez worked in the George W. Bush administration.)

The former GOP senator would get into it with Gutierrez some more as he wanted the ex-secretary of commerce to give him an exact number of immigrants this country needs for the workforce. As Gutierrez tried to answer him, Santorum kept badgering the former Bush official.

“Oh, stop it!” Gutierrez exclaimed, waving Santorum off with his hand.

“Don’t use platitudes,” Santorum answered back, with Gutierrez shooting back that he was trying to talk numbers with him.

As the panel once again devolved into a shouting match, host Dana Bash would tell all four of them that the audience would be able to understand them if they spoke one at a time.

Watch the clip above, via CNN.

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