Friday, March 16, 2007
As the run for the president ramps up, let's try to keep track of the various candidates' positions on immigration policy. Here's something on Mitt Romney:
When Mitt Romney swooped into the heart of John McCain country this week, he brought a pointed message on undocumented immigration: McCain's approach is the wrong one. Proudly touting the endorsement of Joe Arpaio, a sheriff in the state who is known nationally for rounding up immigrants in desert tents, Romney boasted of cracking down on undocumented immigrants as governor and denounced an immigration bill that the Arizona senator introduced with Senator Edward M. Kennedy in 2005.
It is a theme Romney has hit hard in recent weeks in his appeals to conservatives, many of whom attack McCain's immigration bill for proposing an eventual path to citizenship for immigrants living illegally in the United States and a guest-worker program to help fill American jobs.
"McCain-Kennedy isn't the answer," Romney said in a well-received speech to conservatives in Washington this month, describing it as an amnesty plan that would reward people for breaking the law and cost taxpayers millions to provide them benefits.
But that is markedly different from how Romney once characterized McCain's bill, elements of which are receiving new attention in Congress and from President Bush. Indeed, Romney's past comments on undocumented immigration suggest his views have hardened as he has ramped up his campaign for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination. Click here.
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