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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

Romney Won't Say Whether He Will Overturn Obama's DREAM Order

Rating: 16 votes, 5.00 average.

It's intriguing to see how Mitt Romney is handling the President's big announcement on DREAMers. He's trying to balance going on the attack against the President, but doesn't want to offend the Latino community. So he is attacking the President for wanting to change the subject from the economy, for playing politics and for bypassing Congress.


But he's also been very - VERY  - cautious about not attacking the policy in and of itself. The New York Times had this to say -



Responding to the challenge that President Obama posed in his order last week to stop deporting some illegal immigrants, Mitt Romney declined to say on Sunday whether he would reverse the president's decision if he takes up occupancy of the White House.


Although Mr. Romney said during the Republican primary debates that he would veto the Dream Act, which would provide a path to citizenship for some illegal immigrants, he was more equivocal about Mr. Obama's order last week. It allows work permits and prevents deportation for as many as 1.4 million undocumented immigrants under the age of 30 who were brought to the United States as children.



My own view is that Romney will somehow find a way to one up the President. Look for him to now come out and support the Rubio bill (which is all of a sudden going to get introduced now that Romney has no choice but to promote it). And look for Romney to twist arms and get the bill endorsed by enough Republicans to be able to pass it. Also look for the Rubio bill to be broadened to include as many people as the Obama order covers.


The arm twisting of Republicans is going to be the entertaining part. How to keep Steve King, Lamar Smith and a host of others relatively quiet? That's going to be an early test of Romney's leadership skills. If he can get Republicans to back the Rubio plan, that at least is an indicator that he could push through legislation if he gets elected.


Even if the Rubio bill doesn't pass, I don't see any chance that a President Romney will reverse course and subject any of the Deferred Action beneficiaries to deportation or the loss of their work authorization.  Romney will have a lot to prove to Hispanic voters and cancelling the Obama order would be a political disaster.

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  1. gg's Avatar
    In some ways this deferred action provides cover to Rubio to move forward his legislation on DREAM Act. It should be more easy for lawmakers to defend their votes. If Rubio has any "testicular fortiude" he will introduce his DREAM Act bill asap.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJ3NiOemzRY

    Only 8.3 million undocumented left now.
    The equation
    Total undocumented = 11 million
    Total deported = 1.3 million
    Total dreamers = 1.4 million
    Total undocumented left = 8.3 million

  2. George Chell in Singapore's Avatar
    "How to keep Steve King, Lamar Smith and a host of others relatively quiet?"

    I am fairly confident that Brian Bilbray will be quiet after November 6.
  3. Another Voice's Avatar
    I think they are just going to keep quiet and let this be.... I doubt that the so called Rubio bill will see the light of day. The risk-reward benefit seems all lost for them at this point. Although I will say for any of those that expected the republican base and american people to be offended, up in arms at the president's decision it has been quiet and people took it well which means that Immigration may not be so controversial after all in the eyes of the american people is just the parties portraying it that way.
  4. Sa's Avatar
    If Mr Obama loses this election, Can Mr Romney slow walk this thing instead of reversing it?
  5. Another Voice's Avatar
    You do not need Romney to slow walk it, just look at how PD has been implemented so far, no reason to think this will be different. In essence is the same thing done by the same folks.
  6. Sa's Avatar
    "
    You do not need Romney to slow walk it, just look at how PD has been implemented so far, no reason to think this will be different. In essence is the same thing done by the same folks.
    "

    I am curious on how many days USCIS will take to adjudicate 1.4 million EAD applications.
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