Nikki Haley can’t unsay what she said about illegal aliens. And now it is costing her dearly

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The “anyone but Trump” crowd is backing Nikki Haley, and as others drop out, her polling numbers go up.

But just like others before her, this candidate has to face some of the comments she’s made in the past.

But this Nikki Haley statement on illegal aliens is coming back to haunt her.

Haley said not to call illegal aliens “criminals”

Nikki Haley is the former Republican Governor of South Carolina, and she’s currently going strong as one of the contenders for the 2024 Republican Presidential Primary.

But back in July 2015, not long after GOP candidate Donald Trump announced his candidacy and gave a speech focused on illegal immigration, Haley was part of a panel with the Aspen Institute.

The panel, moderated by then-CEO Waler Isaacson, included some questions for members, including Haley.

Isaacson asked Haley, “How does that inform your thinking on the immigration debate” as a “family of immigrants from India” and he asked how she felt about “the tone of the immigration debate as it has recently turned.”

Haley responded by saying that Americans had a right to be frustrated with the situation at the U.S.-Mexico border but urged people not to use words like “criminals” to describe illegal aliens because, in her words, “they’re not.”

She said, “So I think that what we have to remember and what I’ve always believed is that we’re a country of laws. That is what’s made us strong so it’s incredibly frustrating for a lot of people when they see the illegal immigrants being able to come across.”

Haley went on to say that it was “astonishing that after all these years, D.C. can’t figure out how to build a wall. It really is, after all of what they spend.”

However, she finished her answer by saying that everyone should “keep in mind, these people who are wanting to come here, they’re wanting to come for a better life too. They have kids too. They have a heart too, so we don’t need to be disrespectful. We don’t need to talk about them as criminals, they’re not. They’re families that want a better life and they’re desperate to get here.”

A classic flip-flop

The statements made by Haley in 2015 are a classic example of a candidate flip-flopping on their stance once they decide to enter a race.

According to more recent statements made by Haley, she’s vowed to implement a “catch and deport” policy so the federal government cannot release illegal aliens into the country’s interior.

In an interview with Breitbart News last year, Haley said, “What we need to do is when you catch them, you deport them back from where they came. You can’t allow them into this country. My parents always said, ‘If someone doesn’t follow the law to come into this country, they won’t follow the law when they get into this country.’”

Haley finished the statement by saying, “We have got to stop the bleeding.”

Informed American will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.