Mitt Romney subtly shifts position on illegal immigrants
Hemorrhaging Hispanic voters, Mitt Romney has slightly shifted his position on illegal immigrants.
He suggests to The DENVER POST that he wouldn't deport young illegal immigrants who received temporary work permits under President Obama's executive order.
Deft political move? Or something almost guaranteed to please no one -- alienating those on the Right who resist ANY compromises on illegal immigration, and insufficient to woo Hispanics? Of course, this will also feed the narrative that Romney is a chameleon willing to say or do almost anything to get elected.
Here is what was most telling in that argument whose like is above.......
"Romney said. "The president promised in his first year, his highest priority, that he would reform immigration and he didn't. And I will." Romney's order mirrors the "DREAM" Act, which has been dead-on-arrival in every Congress that's tried to pass it. It was blocked by Senate Republicans two years ago."
The solution and the problem are both in the same party. As a lifelong member of the the human race, I can't see that relationship working.
Tue, Oct 2, 2012 9:49am
"The people who have received the special visa that the president has put in place, which is a two-year visa, should expect that the visa would continue to be valid. I'm not going to take something that they've purchased," Romney said. "Before those visas have expired we will have the full immigration reform plan that I've proposed."
"I actually will propose a piece of legislation which will reform our immigration system to improve legal immigration so people don't have to hire lawyers to figure out how to get here legally," Romney said. "The president promised in his first year, his highest priority, that he would reform immigration and he didn't. And I will."
I don’t see the shift in Romney’s position (maybe the GOPs). If it is a shift, I think it sounds like a fair way to deal with those already here, working legally with a two-year work visa…and he’s right, Obama didn’t reform immigration, it’s still a huge bureaucratic mess and also very expensive to legally immigrate to America.
Tue, Oct 2, 2012 10:13am
That's why I typed "subtly shifts" in the headline!
Tue, Oct 2, 2012 1:30pm
Mr. Loudell...sorry but I guess I'm not sure what exactly his position on the topic above was prior to the "subtle/slight" shift. Was he in favor of revoking the two-year work visas granted by our current president and deporting the people who had them?
Tue, Oct 2, 2012 2:45pm
You'll recall during the debates, Romney advanced the concept of "self-deportation" and tried to paint Texas Governor Rick Perry as soft on the immigration issue.
Without doing a major internet search - I can't, because I'm racing today, then drive to Chicago tomorrow to see my mom - but as I recall, Republicans generally blasted President Obama's executive order, and Romney finessed the issue, not wanting to unnecessarily alienate Hispanic voters.
Your further research welcome. I'll put up a general comments blog (like my Friday / Weekend Forum blogs) before I leave tonight!
Wed, Oct 3, 2012 4:59am
Well, it's either deport the illegals or print more money. Which would you rather do?
Fri, Oct 5, 2012 11:28pm
A third option: make them legal. and while at it, make those others who have been waiting... legal too.
Once you make the ones here legal, then hiring illegals is economically unsound. The flow north, stops.
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