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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

Romney Was For Legalization Before He Was Against It

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It turns out that the major drag on Romney's campaign - that he has completely reversed himself on a number of issues in order to win over conservatives - also applies to immigration. Bloomberg has published details of a 2006 interview with the then Massachusetts governor:



Romney, who at the time hadn't yet declared his first presidential candidacy for 2008, told reporters and editors in Bloomberg News's Washington bureau that the 11 million immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally "are not going to be rounded up and box-carred out." Law-abiding people who pay taxes, learn English and don't rely on government benefits should be allowed to "get in line" to apply for citizenship, he said.


"We need to begin a process of registering those people, some being returned, and some beginning the process of applying for citizenship and establishing legal status," Romney said during the March 29, 2006, session.


The comments contrast with the position Romney took last week when he challenged Gingrich's assertion during a televised debate that the U.S. should have a "humane" immigration policy that allows some people who entered the country illegally long ago, have no criminal record, and have family, civic and religious ties to stay and get legal status. Romney called the approach "amnesty" and a magnet for illegality.


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  1. Another Voice's Avatar
    LOL!!! this guy cracks me up....
  2. George Chell's Avatar
    John Kerry of 2012
  3. George Chell's Avatar
    Let us hope he does not turn against his stance on skilled immigration. But with the racism and bigotry within the anti immigration groups, particularly the CIS and FAIR and many of the GOP conservatives who knows what he might do next. The only immigration these bigots will support is the migration of white movie actors such as Charlize Theron of South Africa, Simon Baker of New Zealand, Poppy Montgomerry of Australia, Simon Cowell of England or Michael Fox of Canada. If they can they will send Daya Vaidya of Unforgettable and Grace Park of Hawaii Five 0 back to their home countries! Romney may have to appeal to these groups.
  4. Brandy's Avatar
    haha... He cracks me up as well!!!!!! lol
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