Terence P. Jeffrey
June 22, 2012
While speaking before the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials in Orlando, Fla., on Thursday, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney attacked President Barack Obama for not enacting immigration reform legislation when the Democrats controlled both houses of Congress and the White House and could not have been readily thwarted by congressional Republicans.
“Unfortunately, despite his promises, President Obama has failed to address immigration reform,” said Romney. “For two years, this President had huge majorities in the House and Senate–he was free to pursue any policy he pleased. But he did nothing to advance a permanent fix for our broken immigration system. Instead, he failed to act until facing a tough re-election and trying to secure your vote.”
In his speech in front of the Latino officials, Romney took a different approach to immigration than he did only a half year ago, when he was campaigning in the Republican primary race. Then, Romney scored points against former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Texas Gov. Rick Perry by objecting to Gingrich’s plan to grant permanent resident status to a limited number of illegal aliens who had been in the United States 25 years and to Perry’s having signed a state version of the DREAM Act that allowed illegal aliens to pay in-state tuition at Texas state colleges and universities.
Gingrich explained his position in a Dec. 10, 2011 debate in Des Moines, Iowa, that was broadcast by ABC News.
“I started with cases that I think are very hard to argue about: somebody who has been here 25 years, somebody who has been a good local citizen, may well belong to your church, has children and grandchildren in the United States,” said Gingrich.
“And I would have said flatly, I do not believe the people of the United States are going to send the police in to rip that kind of person out and ship them out of this country, particularly because those are precisely the people who are going to end up in churches as sanctuaries,” said Gingrich.
In light of Gingrich’s remarks, Dianne Sawyer asked Romney, “How many people should be sent back home to their country? Should they be tracked down to establish who they are, sent back home to their country?”
This article was posted: Friday, June 22, 2012 at 3:28 am