Romney’s Statement On Immigration Policy: “I Got Nothin”

We Americans are so demanding, so impatient, so unreasonable; badgering and beating up on poor Mitt Romney and his surrogates. Who said when a Romney campaign representative goes out on a national news show and gets asked about something like, oh I don’t know, say a huge Supreme Court decision on immigration, that we are entitled to an answer? Silly voters, give the guy a break!

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer only signed the law in April 2010, and  the Supreme Court only took up the case in December of 2011, you try making up your mind about something so important in only 2 years. Besides, Romney’s spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom warned us that the etch-a-sketch would have to be shaken for the general campaign; and now Romney’s got that whole Latino vote thing to worry about…

So let’s just try and figure out his stand on immigration ourselves; take a little pressure off poor Mitt:

Let’s see, during the Republican Primary he promised:

“…to veto the Dream Act and called Arizona a model to the nation for its law requiring employers to check the legal status of all job applicants using the federal E-Verify program.”

Then last month the Huffington Post reported that Bettina Inclan, the Republican National Committee’s top Hispanic outreach coordinator, had told reporters:

I think that as a candidate, to my understanding that he’s still deciding what his position on immigration is, so I can’t talk about what his proposal is going to be because I don’t know what Romney exactly — he’s talked about different issues, and what we saw in the Republican primary is that there’s a diverse opinion on how to deal with immigration. I can’t talk about something that I don’t know what his position is.

but Kirsten Kukowski, a spokeswoman for the RNC, said:

“…As far as what Governor Romney’s positions are on immigration, that is for him and his campaign to talk about, and they will tell you what their policies are…we never said the governor is still deciding on immigration,” if you have a question about his immigration policy, you can go to their campaign.”

So you go to the campaign website and it states:

  • Mitt Romney will protect legal immigration and the 4.5 million who are waiting in line to enter the United States legally by taking a strong stand against illegal immigration.
  • Mitt Romney believes in the rule of law and will fully enforce federal immigration law. As governor, he authorized state police to assist the federal government in immigration enforcement.

Nothing about Obama’s directive to stop deporting young undocumented immigrants and grant them work permits.

So Romney was asked about it and here’s what he said:

“Some people have asked if I will let stand the president’s executive order, the answer is that I will put in place my own long-term solution that will replace and supersede the president’s temporary measure.”

That doesn’t really help Mitt, could you just be a tad more ambiguous?

Then five days ago, Ray Walser, a co-chairman of Romney’s Latin American Working Group, told The Daily Telegraph:

“My anticipation is that he would probably rescind this directive were he to be elected in November.”

Now we’re getting somewhere….Oops, I spoke to soon…Mr. Walser has now clarified that:

“…he was not speaking for the campaign…”

Wait… now he’s clarifying his clarification:

“What I was quoted as saying was not incorrect….I said “rescind.” Governor Romney said “replace and supersede.”

Still confused – what’s wrong with you people? Here, let’s look at what the candidate has said himself:

2006: “We need to begin a process of registering those people, some being returned and some beginning the process of applying for citizenship and establishing legal status.”

2007: “Let me tell you what I did as governor. I said no to driver’s licenses for illegals. I said, number two, we’re going to make sure that those that come here don’t get a tuition break in our schools, which I disagree with other folks on that one. Number three, I applied to have our state police enforce the immigration laws in May, seven months before I was out of office.”

2007: “Those people who’ve come here illegally and are in this country, the 12 million or so who are here illegally, should be able to sign up for permanent residency or citizenship.”

2007: “I very firmly believe that we have to make sure that we enforce our borders, that we have an employment verification system, and that those people who have come here illegally do not get an advantage to become permanent residents, they do not get a special pathway.”

2008: “My plan is this, which is for those that have come here illegally and are here illegally today, no amnesty… you say to those who have just come in recently, we’re going to send you back home immediately, we’re not going to let you stay here… For those that have been here, let’s say, five years, and have kids in school, you allow kids to complete the school year, you allow people to make their arrangements, and allow them to return back home. Those that have been here a long time, with kids that have responsibilities here and so forth, you let stay enough time to organize their affairs and go home.”

I’m getting a migraine.

2009: Romney believes that one way to attract more minorities to the GOP is to pass immigration reform before the next election [saying] “We have a natural affinity with Hispanic-American voters, Asian-American voters.”

2010: “Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney… has signaled quietly to [Lindsey] Graham that Republicans must address immigration before the campaign heats up…”

2011: “Saying that we’re all going to say to the people who’ve come here illegally that now you’re all going to get to stay, or some large number are going to get to stay and become permanent residents of the United States, that will only encourage more people to do the same thing.”

Okay, so reviewing his statements didn’t help, now what? Wait, Marco Rubio’s  going to explain it for us (via Politico):

“The specifics of how to improve the nation’s immigration system has to come as part of a “serious, responsible” process – which Romney will continue to develop as the campaign progresses, Rubio said.

So he’s got nothin?

“I think Governor Romney’s principles on immigration are pretty straightforward and pretty much in line with the majority of Americans, which is that he understands immigration is important for our country and he understands that our legal immigration system is broken and needs to be fixed.”

OH MY GOD, JUST FORGET WE ASKED!

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