Romney Is Pro-Choice…On Illegal Immigration
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Imagine my surprise…Romney goes before a Hispanic audience and says something infuriating about illegal immigration.
At the Spanish-language forum, Romney pledged a solution to what he called the nation’s broken immigration system. He said he had no intention of “rounding up” the roughly 12 million undocumented immigrants thought to be in the United States illegally while his plan takes shape.
“I said I’m not in favor of a deportation, a mass deportation effort rounding up 12 million people and kicking them out of the country,” Romney said. “I believe people make their own choices as to whether they want to go home and that’s what I mean by self-deportation. People decide if they want to go back to the country of their origin and get in line legally to be able to come to this country.”
Democrats have attacked Romney’s “self-deportation” concept since the primary campaign, when Romney used immigration as an issue with which to attack his rivals from the right, essentially promising to make economic opportunity so scarce for illegal immigrants that they would leave the United States voluntarily.
“People make their own choices” about whether they want to stay here illegally or not? That’s an interesting idea.
I’m not suggesting mass round-ups but enhanced enforcement and eliminating magnets (as someone once famously called them) would be a good idea. Romney won’t outline his views on dealing with immigration or undoing the administrative DREAM Act Obama instituted.
If Romney wins, comprehensive immigration reform will be back on the table. Bet on it.
Oh btw-Romney also said he takes it as a compliment when Obama says he’s the “grandfather of ObamaCare”.