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Romney: I'll Fix the Immigration System!

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Uh, okay. No new ideas. Let's see - we know he opposes the DREAM Act and anything that smells like amnesty and except for supporting liberalizing immigration rules for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) professionals - something also stated in the Democratic platform - it's not really clear what he'll offer that's different than what we've gotten from hardliners in the GOP for the last several years.

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  1. Jack's Avatar
    Here is the immigration portion of his speech:

    Finally, I want to say a word about immigration. Americans may disagree about how to fix our immigration system, but I think we can all agree that it is broken.

    For years, Republicans and Democrats seem to have been more interested in playing politics with immigration than with actually fixing it. Candidate Obama said that one of his highest priorities would be to fix immigration in his first year in office. Despite his party having majorities in both houses of Congress, the President never even offered up a bill. Like so many issues confronting our nation, when it comes to immigration, politics has been put ahead of people for too long.

    I will work with Republicans and Democrats to permanently fix our immigration system.

    We will never achieve a legal immigration system that is fair and efficient if we do not first get control of our borders. I believe we can all agree that what we need are fair and enforceable immigration laws that will stem the flow of illegal immigration, while strengthening legal immigration.

    I want to make the system far more simple and transparent -- you shouldn't have to hire lawyers to find out how to legally immigrate to the United States. I will shift our diversity visas to instead bring together immediate family members. I will structure our temporary worker visa program so that it meets the needs of our employers. And if someone gets an advanced degree, I want them to stay here, so I'd staple a green card to their diploma.

    America is a nation of immigrants, and immigration is essential to our economic growth and prosperity. One million immigrants legally enter America every year--the largest number of any country in the world. I like that. I want to preserve our heritage of robust legal immigration. And I want to make sure that those who abide by the law and wait in line to immigrate here legally are not at a disadvantage.

    That's why I oppose amnesty, because amnesty will make it harder, not easier to strengthen our legal immigration system. It's also why my administration will establish an employment verification system so that every business can know whether the people it hires are legally eligible for employment. If a business cheats, there will be strict penalties for that business.

    In the midst of a difficult re-election, President Obama created what he calls a "stopgap measure" for children who were brought here illegally, through no fault of their own.

    Instead of playing immigration politics with these children, I will pursue permanent immigration reform, and I will start by ensuring that those who serve in our military have the opportunity to become legal permanent residents of the country they fought to defend. Those who have risked their lives in defense of America have earned the right to make their life in America.

    I've spoken often about how proud I am of my father. He was born to American parents living in Mexico. When he was five, they left everything behind, and started over in the United States.

    My dad grew up poor. But he believed in a country where the circumstances of one's birth were not a barrier to achievement - a place where hard work could turn dreams into realities. He went from selling paint out of the trunk of his car to becoming the leader of a great car company and the governor of a great state.

    My wife Ann's father was a first generation immigrant. He ended up founding a successful manufacturing company that made components and equipment for ships in the United States Navy.

    Many of you in this room have similar stories. That is the American story. It is a story that is told over and over again. It is the story of the American Dream.

    The American Dream is not gone; it has just been put a little further from reach. I know what it takes to bring it back, to have it inspire our children just as it inspired our fathers and mothers. They sacrificed so much, so that we might have it as part of our lives. Now it is our turn, our responsibility to restore the opportunity and prosperity and dreams that have invigorated this nation from its beginning. It's a responsibility we must fulfill.

    Thank you, and God Bless America.

    "I believe we can all agree that what we need are fair and enforceable immigration laws that will stem the flow of illegal immigration"

    All agree to stem the flow? Who is Romney referring to? By definition, that's the LAST thing anti-enforcement/open border activists want. If he is referring to the organization that he's addressing, their official legislative agenda calls for the same CIR that unlimited immigrationists favor and even cites an unnamed report from the Center For American Progress (which probably means from long-time open border activist Ra?l Hinojosa-Ojeda).

  2. gg's Avatar
    US consulate suspends visa processing in Chennai

    Indian Muslim hooligans try to enter Chennai US consulate armed with iron rods and stones ... Consulate suspends all visa processing ... now indians get used to more thorough background checks before you get our visas .. denials likely to increase .. US is better off with such people living in their own countries.
  3. George Chell 's Avatar
    Regarding STEM he has not yet told us how he is going to get his proposals past Grassley. By appointing him as Ag Secretary?
  4. George Chell 's Avatar
    This guy used to be the enemy number 1 of skilled immigrants (remember Simpson-Smith of 1995-1996?)...can someone explain whether I am seeing things, or has he really changed?

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