Romney Pledges to Honor Obama Ban on Deporting of Many Young Immigrants
In a race that he can not win without more of the Latino vote, Romney has quietly shifted stance on immigration. He’s probably hoping that the majority of his wingnut base will be so obsessed with the faux controversy of the old Obama video that they will not notice.
But there it is Tea Partiers, right there — Romney agrees with and will follow Obama policy regarding young immigrants.
With polls showing Latinos overwhelmingly backing President Barack Obama’s re-election, Mitt Romney has shifted stands on the deportation of many young illegal immigrants, saying he would honor visas granted to them under a program that Obama launched in June.
Romney’s remarks in an interview with the Denver Post mark the first time he has taken a position on Obama’s order halting the deportation of most illegal immigrants who were brought to the United States as children. They also contrast sharply with the tough rhetoric that Romney used on illegal immigration when he was seeking the support of conservatives in the Republican primaries.
Until Monday, Romney had refused to say whether he would halt Obama’s program, calling instead for an undefined “permanent solution” on illegal immigration to be worked out with Congress and criticizing Obama for failing to reach one.
“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,” Romney told the Denver Post on Monday.
“I’m not going to take something that they’ve purchased.
“Before those visas have expired we will have the full immigration reform plan that I’ve proposed.”