Rick Santorum
Rick Santorum

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Republican Presidential Hopeful Rick Santorum criticized the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops during an interview on Iowa public television on Monday. The USCCB have lobbied Congress for amnesty legislation, and over this past weekend, 30 bishops wrote a letter sympathizing with illegal aliens. Santorum is Catholic.

"If we develop the program like the Catholic bishops suggested we would be creating a huge magnet for people to come in and break the law some more," Santorum said. "We'd be inviting people to cross this border, come into this country and with the expectation that they will be able to stay here permanently."

Earlier this year, USCCB President Archbishop Timothy Dolan wrote to Congress, "We realize that reform must be based on respect for and implementation of the law, and for the legitimate and timely question of national security ... Equally, however, it must defend the rights and dignity of all peoples, recognizing that human dignity comes from God and does not depend on where people were born or how they came to our nation."

Santorum thinks the approach outlined by the bishops would encourage more illegal immigration.

"We have to have rules and we have to keep those rules in America, or we would be a magnet for more people who want to break the law," he said.

Santorum also said that offering an amnesty to illegal aliens would be a slight to the families that came to America the legal way.

"[E]verybody who broke the law came here and we’re going to let you in – and those folks, well, sorry, you’re chumps, you played by the rules."

For more information on Rick Santorum and the rest of the 2012 Presidential Hopefuls, see our comparison grid.Also, read Roy's blog about the letter from the 30 Catholic bishops released this weekend.

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