Thursday, October 11, 2012

Romney Vague on Immigration

David Leopold writes for The Hill:

In fact, Mitt Romney has no plan to fix our broken immigration system. During the primaries Romney played to the right by embracing the anti-immigrant Restrictionist fringe. He welcomed the endorsement of nativist lawyer and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, whose primary claim to fame is the authorship of the draconian Arizona immigration law, the guts of which were thrown out by the Supreme Court earlier this year. Kobach’s influence on Romney was obvious during the primaries when Romney proudly endorsed "self-deportation," a mean spirited policy proposal (and a Kobach idea) that would effectively target immigrant families, particularly Latino families, by making their lives so unbearable that they flee the U.S. Yet when it comes to building a safe, orderly and fair immigration system designed to secure America's borders, keep American families safe and together, and meet the needs of American business, Romney's message was—and remains—woefully devoid of substance.
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When it comes to fashioning a comprehensive solution to America’s broken immigration system over the next four years neither President Obama nor a President Romney can go it alone. Real reform will require that Congress roll up their sleeves, show political courage, and work with the White House to create an immigration policy that maintains the integrity of the borders, preserves American families, and ensures American businesses have the tools they need to compete in the global economy.

Unfortunately, Mitt Romney offers few policy specifics which will achieve that goal. Read more...


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