2012 Road to the White House Romney's immigration rebuttal
BY ADAM DODD STAFF
The race to the White House in the long summer months can be as much about keeping pace and treading water as can be about leading in any of the polls. In a modern culture where news, interviews, and sound bites can be immediately accessed from countless devices it is critical for a hopeful candidate to remain relevant more than anything else. Wednesday’s column, covering President Obama’s new, and considered by many in Washington’s conservative circles controversial, immigration agenda was also a point of contention with republican nominee, Mitt Romney- albeit it for not going far enough in his view.
Thursday, Romney announced he too had a new immigration plan that he is soon to reveal that would "put in place my own long-term solution that will replace and supersede the president's temporary measure." The details of which he has yet to specify but during the speech at National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida he expressed desires to make it easier for spouses of legal immigrants to join them within the states. Romney detailed his intentions of strengthening work visa access to lower-skilled laborers and going as far as granting green cards for any international student pursuing an advanced degree in the United States. He criticized the president for suggesting measures that he viewed as short-sighted, "As president, I won't settle for a stopgap measure." Vowing, "I will work with Republicans and Democrats to find a long-term solution. I will prioritize measures that strengthen legal immigration and make it easier.”
The prickly dilemma concerning the border itself could not be ignored during his speech however, “I will address the problem of illegal immigration in a civil but resolute manner." Romney referenced the use of what termed, “a high-tech fence”. What constituted as “high-tech” was not explained but he also mentioned a mandatory employment verification system that would monitor, prohibit, and ultimately dissuade the hiring of illegal immigrants in totality. These sentiments are in stark contrast to those who remember the series of republican debates earlier in the year when each of the candidates tried to outdo the other with a series of increasingly self-isolating answers concerning the border and immigration that started with a reinforced wall, then an electrified wall, then two walls, and was capped with Michelle Bachmann’s answer calling for not one but two electrified fences to separate us from Mexico. Whether his speech in Orlando vitalizes any interest for him within the Hispanic community or will just been seen as the newest in a line shape-shifting opinions suited to whatever current event is fresh in voter’s minds will ultimately be determined by Romney’s ability to maintain his position on this platform once his democratic opponent decides to shift his agenda. email@example.com follow us on Twitter@LCSPolitical POSTED 06/21/2012 23:37