It has been FIVE ENTIRE DAYS since President Obama declared he would not deport young undocumented immigrants who are here at no fault of their own. Mitt Romney REALLY doesn’t want to talk about immigration. The problem with this guy is that he doesn’t actually have a core … he doesn’t actually believe anything on his own. He is biding time to poll test this and figure out which way the wind is blowing before he comes out with a “position” that is likely to change at some point in the future.
Just a little backwards timeline on Mitt Romney’s position on immigration:
“They or their ancestors did not come here for a handout. If they came for a handout – they’d be voting for Democrats. In regards to illegal immigration – of course we build a fence and of course we don’t give in state tuition credits to people who’ve come here illegally. This is the party that believes in supporting the law. We’re going to enforce the law. We’re a party of opportunity, but we’re also a party of legal, law abiding citizens.”
Reuters has the story HERE:
Questions on the Republican challenger’s position on immigration dominated a campaign conference call Wednesday that was supposed to be about the economy. The call was cut off early after what a Romney staffer said were “off-topic” questions.
After taking a hard line during the Republican presidential primary season against illegal immigration, Romney has struggled to frame an immigration message that would appeal to Hispanics and keep conservatives in his own party happy.
He will address the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, or NALEO, in Florida, on Thursday.
“He’s speaking to NALEO tomorrow in Orlando, and will have a few more things to say there about immigration,” Lanhee Chen, Romney’s campaign policy director, said on the conference call. “Governor Romney is going to address immigration tomorrow when he addresses NALEO,” he said, when pressed again.
Romney avoided immigration in May the last time he spoke to a big Hispanic organization. He talked instead about education.
The Christian Post says this is going to be a problem for Romney with the GOP either way HERE:
Mitt Romney‘s position on immigration, in particular on young illegal immigrants, may divide the GOP base because many of the party’s evangelical voters are moving left of the Republican Party on the issue.
If Romney takes a hardline approach, he risks alienating evangelical and Hispanic voters in key battleground states such as Florida. On the other hand, if he shows compassion to the children of illegal immigrants, he risks angering a large portion of the GOP base and several new members of Congress who are trying to win re-election in districts heavy with Tea Partiers.
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