The bottom line is that Mitt Romney has supported a very anti-Latino platform for the past few years and now … when asked FIVE times whether or not he would support Obama’s order – he equivocates. He won’t answer the question. The etch a sketching on illegal immigration has already begun in a big way. Noone knows where this guy really stands because he won’t answer the question.
As to his bigger point of finding a “long term solution”. George W. Bush tried very, very hard to resolve this when he was President with a Republican Congress and a Democratic Congress with a great deal of sincere earnestness … he wasn’t able to get it done. The vast majority of Republicans will not support a plan that provides any real support to the Latino community and I suspect the Latino community won’t forget the past several years of conservatives demagoguing them for all that’s wrong in the world. President Obama’s order is the legal extent to what he’s allowed to do without Congressional action.
You can find the entire transcript HERE.
Politico notes HERE:
Instead of answering the question posed, Romney called for a permanent solution.
“With regards to these kids who were brought in by their parents through no fault of their own, there needs to be a long-term solution so they know what their status is,” Romney said. “This is something Congress has been working on, and I thought we were about to see some proposals brought forward by Sen. Marco Rubio and by Democrat senators, but the president jumped in and said I’m going to take this action, he called it a stop-gap measure. I don’t know why he feels stop-gap measures are the right way to go.”
After Schieffer asked, directly, four additional times if Romney would repeal the policy without receiving an answer, Romney called the move political.
“I think the timing is pretty clear, if he really wanted to make a solution that dealt with these kids or with illegal immigration in America, than this is something he would have taken up in his first three and a half years, not in his last few months,” he said.
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