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Bloggings: Comparing Obama's and Romney's Promises About DACA Is Like Comparing The Weather In New York and Los Angeles. By Roger Algase

Rating: 2 votes, 5.00 average.

Mitt Romney made quite a stir on Monday, October 1 by telling the Denver Post that he would keep at least some of President Obama's DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) initiative in place if he becomes president. But how many people would actually benefit from Romney's plan? Let's take a closer look at his statement, which was as follows:


"The people who have received the special visa that the president has put in place, which is a two-year visa, should expect that the visa would continue to be valid. I'm not going to take something that they've purchased. Before those visas have expired, we will have the full immigration reform plan that I've proposed."


What stands out about the above statement is that people who have aleady received the "special visa" (which of course is not a visa at all, but only a two-year temporary reprieve from deportation), will be protected. Romney says nothing about what he would do in the case of the 100,000 or so people whose applications for deferred action are still in process, according to the NYT, or the more than a million eligible students who might want to apply for DACA in the future. He has made no promise to keep DACA protection in place for any of them.


According to the New York Times, as mentioned in Tuesday's ID (October 2), only 29 DACA applicants have actually had their applications approved so far, out of about 100,000 who have applied. About 63,000 cases are said to be in the "final stages of processing", whatever that means. 


There is an old joke by the Broadway comedy writer Neil Simon, about the difference between the weather in New York and Los Angeles. I repeat it here with all due apologies to my good friends in Southern California. 


According to Neil Simon's joke, "When it's 100 in New York, it's 72 in Los Angeles. When it's 20 in New York, it's 72 in Los Angeles. However, there are six million interesting people in New York - and 72 in Los Angeles."


Transposing this joke into the DACA context, one could say that while Obama has already deported more than a million people, the number of times Romney has spoken out in favor of "self-deportation" is 29. And while the number of times that the Obama administration has said it would lower its target of 400,000 deportations per year is zero, the number of speeches Romney has made opposing any form of relief from deportation is 29. 


And if Obama is reelected, more than a million deserving young students have been estimated to be eligible to benefit from DACA. If Romney were to become president tomorrow, the number would be - 29.

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  1. Matthew Kolken's Avatar
    "If Romney were to become president tomorrow, the number would be - 29."

    This statement is disingenuous at best.

    Romney has stated that he would push for a permanent solution before the expiration of the two year deferred action grace period.

    Here is his exact quote:

    ''Before those visas have expired we will have the full immigration reform plan that I've proposed.''

    So what has Romney proposed?

    A raise in the caps on visas for highly skilled immigrants.

    Every foreign student who obtains an advanced degree in math, science, or engineering at a U.S. university should be granted permanent residency.

    Create a system for bringing in temporary agricultural workers and other seasonal workers functional for both employers and immigrants.

    Get rid of unnecessary requirements that delay issuance of a visa, and we should speed the processing of applications.

    Cut Red Tape That Is Keeping Immediate Families Apart to ensure that husbands, wives, and their minor children are brought together on a timely basis. Give legal permanent residents the same priority as citizens when applying to bring husbands, wives, and minor children to the United States, as well as reallocate green cards to family of citizens and legal permanent residents.

    That actually sounds pretty good to me.

    So what has Obama proposed?

    NOTHING.

    A BIG FAT Z-E-R-O.

    Here is what is on his website:

    "[Obama] plans to continue his efforts to work with Congress to pass a bipartisan immigration reform, and has promised to make it a priority of his second term as president."

    Riiiiight.

    Just like he did in his first 3.5 years, when he did literally nothing to push for a comprehensive immigration reform solution.

    Obama goes on to argue that "Mitt Romney is the most extreme nominee in modern history on immigration issues."

    Knowing what I know about Obama's record deportations, the rampant abuse and torture of immigrants in deportation detention, coupled with the ongoing deprivation of meaningful due process, it sounds to me like Obama is actually describing himself.

    The facts are that Obama has given no indication to the leading immigration reform voice in Congress (Luis Gutierrez) that his administration will take any immediate action to push for reform if reelected.

    As you are aware, I am not a proponent of Mitt Romney, but it is starting to look more and more like he is in fact the lesser of two immigration evils.

    Vote Gary Johnson in 2012.
  2. Roger Algase's Avatar
    Matt, if you could tell me all the the details of Romney's comprehensive immigration reform plan, then maybe Gary J. would get my vote. The problem is, that plan could be anything that Romney wants it to be from moment to moment. Sure, he is talking a good game on some forms of legal immigration.

    But how long will that last when Romney gets into a huddle with Kris, Lamar and Chuck? And, yes, 29 is exactly how many people would benefit from DACA if Romney became president tomorrow. That is one thing that Romney was very clear about.

    29 is also the number of times (at least) that Romney has changed his tune on what he would do about unauthorized immigrants, who, as you know far better than I do, are a not inconsiderable percentage of the total immigrant population in America.
  3. Matthew Kolken's Avatar
    Here is Romney's full platform: http://www.mittromney.com/issues/immigration

    Here is Obama's: http://www.barackobama.com/immigration

    Here is Johnson's: http://www.garyjohnson2012.com/issues/immigration
  4. Matthew Kolken's Avatar
    My point was that if we had a President that actually pressed for reform, DREAMers wouldn't need DACA has a permanent solution would be in place.
  5. Roger Algase's Avatar
    And that would be Romney's reform? When he has said that he would veto DREAM? And which party bears 90 per cent of the responsibility killing DREAM? Which party killed bipartisan CIR in 2007?

    Since that time, has that party not moved even further to the right on immigration? The only thing that could be said for Romney is that liberal policies are sometimes more likely to be accepted if they come from a right wing leader. Witness Earl Warren on school desegregation, Nixon on the social safety net, etc.

    But is Romney such a figure? We don't know. I hope we will never have to take the risk of finding out.
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