February 24, 2012


Romney: A Conservative on Immigration? (http://www.nationalreview.com/blogs/print/291860Steve Baldwin & Deroy Murdock, February 24, 2012, National Review)

[Q]uite consistently during the 2012 campaign, Romney made clear in nearly every debate that he opposed amnesty for illegal aliens in any and all forms whatsoever.

However, these statements conflict with Romney's earlier view on amnesty. Romney gave the Boston Globe an interview in 2005 in which he argued that the McCain-Kennedy immigration-reform bill was "quite different" from an amnesty bill and even called the bill "reasonable":

I think an amnesty program is what -- which is all the illegal immigrants who are here are now citizens, and walk up and get your citizenship. What the president has proposed, and what Senator McCain and Cornyn have proposed, are quite different than that. They require people signing up for a, well, registering and receiving a registration number. Then working here for six years and paying taxes -- not taking benefits. . . . And then at the end of that period, registering to become a citizen. . . . And I think that those are reasonable proposals.

And in contrast to his attacks on a "pathway to citizenship," Romney specifically supported such an approach while governor, saying:

Those who've been arrested or convicted of crimes shouldn't be here; those that are here paying taxes and not taking government benefits should begin a process towards application for citizenship, as they would from their home country.

But Romney didn't stop there. In 2006, as reported by the AP, Romney even criticized Republicans who didn't support the Bush-McCain amnesty legislation:

Meantime, one of McCain's potential rivals for the GOP nomination, Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, has made it known that he supports the president's immigration position, saying that Republicans who have broken rank with Bush "made a big mistake."


Posted by at February 24, 2012 7:07 PM

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