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Based on reports I have seen, that is the only conclusion I can draw.

Romney said he wants to open the country to more legal foreign workers. But he said he did not plan on keeping in place the new order by President Obama halting deportations of hundreds of thousands of young illegal immigrants brought to the country when they were children.

“Last week, the president finally offered a temporary measure – he called it a stopgap measure -- that he seems to think will be just enough to get him through the election,” Romney told the annual conference of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials.


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


What's that plan?

While that plan is still vague, it does not involve a path to legalization for any of the country's estimated 11 million illegal immigrants except for people who enlist in the military, according to a release from the campaign.
Mitt Romney believes that young illegal immigrants who were brought to the United States as children should have the chance to become permanent residents, and eventually citizens, by serving honorably in the United States military,” a Romney campaign release states.

Romney has endorsed legal status for military service membrs before. In declining to go beyond that position Thursday, he signaled that he was not backing down from his past opposition to the DREAM Act, the legislation that would put many more young illegal immigrants on a path to citizenship.


800,000 people cannot be in the military, including those under 18.

So Romney's message to Hispanics is really "pound sand."

He's the same bigot he always was.

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  •  Let's get the message out! (5+ / 0-)

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Thu Jun 21, 2012 at 10:25:53 AM PDT

  •  It goes without saying. (5+ / 0-)
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    TomP, litoralis, OrangeMike, Siri, sodalis

    Any Republican in this time period will have to bow down to the TP.

    They have made themselves as unelectable as they possibly can. Yay!

    Obama wants your guns = Romney wants your Medicare Stop choosing your guns over your health You're shooting yourself

    by blueoregon on Thu Jun 21, 2012 at 10:33:34 AM PDT

    •  sadly, no matter what positions they take (1+ / 0-)
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      republicans have the megaphones, and  the megamoney to be electable. Combined with their solid base of the willfully ignorant and the terminally hostile they are frighteningly electable. Admittedly, in a sane world they wouldn't stand a chance.

  •  Did you listen to his speech? (7+ / 0-)

    It was full of nothing.  There was the obligatory Obama bashing , and then some vague and unspecified proposal to help keep families together (undocumented or documented???), and the apparent indication that young undocumented people would INDEED be deported under a President R-Money.  Unless of course,  a little one wants to serve in the military.  

    I would also add that I had the misfortune of hearing Mark Halperin actually praise the speech as a good template for R-Money in the campaign season.  I thought the speech was pure crap, so I screamed at my tv screen with MH's visage for a little bit.  I am biased, of course, but even through my Obama-supporting ears, I found little of substance from R-Money.  If that's what a good R-Money speech sounds like, well, I think maybe that Bloomberg poll might turn out to be prescient.  

    I vote Democratic because I am a woman with self-respect , who rejects bigotry of all kinds, subscribes to science, believes in universal health care, embraces unions, and endorses smart internationalist foreign policy.

    by Delilah on Thu Jun 21, 2012 at 10:41:43 AM PDT

  •  I'm not sure that's the ideal way to sum it up. (1+ / 0-)
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    Until a few days ago, Obama deported children!  And it's not like he's calling up the ones he deported to invite them back.  

    If we want to talk about the politics of this, I would stick with the effective observation that Romney is trying heroically not to say anything, because that's just how he is on every issue.  We can't really savage him on the substance because our guy was just that way until super-mega-recently.

    Romney '12: Bully for America!

    by Rich in PA on Thu Jun 21, 2012 at 11:15:04 AM PDT

  •  What is wrong with deporting children? (0+ / 0-)

    The merits of the fine points involved in such a complex debate aside, assuming there are cases where it is justified to send a small subset of illegal immigrants back , part of the deal is to send the kids back too.  If the kids go back alone, that is not on the state, that is on the parents. The whole family should go back together as a unit. It happens all the time. What is so horrible about a family going back to the country of their origin when so many of their own relatives stayed in that country all along? At least these kids got to benefit from staying in the US for a few years which is better than what some of their own family had to endure being stuck in their own country.

    I am not against Obama's illegal amnesty because I believe there is something practical in extending permanent residency to a subset of illegal immigrants. But I refuse to indulge in hyperbolic teeth gnashing about the children going back.

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