Mitt Romney recently spoke to the Denver Post editorial board and said this (link):
"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. I'm not going to take something that they've purchased," Romney said. "Before those visas have expired we will have the full immigration reform plan that I've proposed."
..."I actually will propose a piece of legislation which will reform our immigration system to improve legal immigration so people don't have to hire lawyers to figure out how to get here legally," Romney said. "The president promised in his first year, his highest priority, that he would reform immigration and he didn't. And I will."
This is yet another milestone on Romney's transformation from someone who sometimes pretended to be somewhat OK on immigration during the primaries, to someone who's now almost just as bad as Obama and the Democratic Party on the issue. That transformation doesn't speak to his character: he doesn't have political principles beyond helping the wealthy and - most importantly - winning. The transformation doesn't speak to his intelligence either: he's bought the Democrats' line about the "Hispanic Vote", chasing after a slim margin of pro-illegal immigration Hispanics even though he might lose more votes from those of all races who support our laws.
It would be much smarter for him to make taking on illegal immigration a key part of his campaign, and actually oppose the Democrats on their extremely flawed immigration concepts. For instance, by pointing out that most of those harmed by Obama's amnesty are Democrats. Instead, he continues to validate their concepts.
That said, this isn't as significant as it might seem: Romney is talking about those already covered by Obama's amnesty. The big question is whether he'd cancel that amnesty and do so immediately. The even bigger question is what form Romney's "reform" would take. The Denver Post says that Romney "didn't furnish specifics on that plan", so I guess we'll never know.
Given the way Romney's going, his plan would almost surely be a major amnesty to cover most of the millions of illegal aliens in the U.S. Given his penchant for playing both sides of the fence, he'll probably include some form of "touchback" provision to mollify those who support our laws.
See Comprehensive Immigration Reform and DREAM Act for more on these issues. See Mitt Romney for past coverage showing his transformation and describing how his policies are not just bad for for his election prospects, but bad for the U.S..
10/3/12 UPDATE: From the Boston Globe ( peekURL.com/z72Vtx6 ):
Responding to a Globe request to clarify Romney’s statement to The Denver Post, Romney’s campaign said he would honor deportation exemptions issued by the Obama administration before his inauguration but would not grant new ones after taking office.
Bear in mind, of course, that that's only because Romney says he'll push for a comprehensive "reform" if elected. Expect his opponents to keep pretending he's tough on immigration, when his position is more George W Bush-like.
Tue, 10/02/2012 - 11:31 · Importance: 4