Newly-elected Senator Mitt Romney has a goal…to fulfill Obama’s commitment to DREAMers.
Back in 2012, Romney wanted to deport the DREAMers, according to Politifact.
Since President Barack Obama announced a new policy to suspend deportations for some young illegal immigrants, his campaign has been touting that policy and putting down his Republican rival, Mitt Romney.
Obama adviser David Plouffe answered a question on Fox News Sunday on June 17, 2012, about why Hispanics should vote for Obama.
“So, this is someone who believed that we are a nation of laws, but also a nation of immigrants, and that people who want to staff our labs and start businesses and serve their country ought to be able to do that,” Plouffe said. “Gov. Romney has said he would veto the DREAM Act. Gov. Romney essentially said the 11 million here ought to just go home. They ought to self deport. So, this is someone you’re not going to be able to trust.”
It was seven years ago when Obama changed the immigration laws.
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Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, said Sunday Dreamers, children of immigrants brought into the country illegally, should get legal status.
“Well, it’s been put in place by President Obama and I believe we have a responsibility to fulfill what is a presidential pledge and commitment. So that’s in the past. I would provide legal status for those Dreamers in the country,” Romney said on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” referring to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that shields these individuals from deportation.
“That’s something the president’s put on the table. I think we should get that job done, and hope, we will get that done,” he added.
This is an adjustment from his earlier stance. Romney previously said that he personally opposed letting the Dreamers stay, but that the issue had already been decided. “My view was that these DACA kids shouldn’t all be allowed to stay in the country illegally, but President [Obama] and both parties said, ‘No, we’re going to let the 1.8 million stay in the country and give them legal residence, legal status.’ That was not my posture,” he said at an event in Utah last year.
Trump has supported the idea of extending protections for “DACA” recipients. Earlier this year he proposed a three-year extension of the program in exchange for border wall funding.
Romney, who called immigration a “winning issue” for Republicans also said Sunday he supports President Trump on getting a wall built between the United States and Mexico. “Overall we need to complete the border fence. We need to have a system that keeps people from getting jobs here if they’re here illegally. And that’s an E-Verify system. And then we’ve got to deal with this asylum issue that’s really overwhelming our system.”