November 9th, 2007
11:30 AM ET
10 years ago

Romney promotes anti-illegal immigration stance in new ad

Romney is taking on the subject of illegal immigration in a new ad.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is airing a new ad in Iowa and New Hampshire Friday that touts his opposition to illegal immigration, and criticizes his Democratic rivals over their position on the issue.

"We all know Hillary Clinton and the Democrats have it wrong on immigration," Romney says in the new 30-second spot. "Our party should not make that mistake."

The Republican presidential candidate goes on to say he "authorized the State Police to enforce immigration laws" while governor and "opposed driver's licenses and in state tuition for illegal aliens."

In what appears to be a dig at rival presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani, Romney continues, "As president, I'll oppose amnesty, cut funding for sanctuary cities, and secure our borders."

Romney has previously aimed fire at the former New York City Republican mayor over the issue of "sanctuary cities," claiming he supported illegal immigration.

New York has never officially declared itself a sanctuary city, but it adopted a policy in 1988 that allows people to report crimes or check in to a hospital without their immigration status being questioned. In turn, Giuliani has pointed out that three cities in Massachusetts also carried that policy while Romney headed the state.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Iowa • Mitt Romney • New Hampshire • Rudy Giuliani
soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. paige, portland, OR

    If Mitt Romney really wanted to win, he would grant citizenship to illegals and get 12 million more votes.

    November 9, 2007 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  2. john, seattle

    i bet you guys meant to say 'd R iver's licenses. spellcheck these things, please.

    November 9, 2007 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  3. joseph,austin, tx

    Posted By Get real : November 9, 2007 2:07 pm

    When ever people have to resort to name calling they dont have a strong argument. The only argument people have who are for illegal immigration, is to call you a racist. They have to do this so instead of having a meaningful debate on the issue, you know have to prove your not a racist. Weak minds, and weak arguments resort to name calling.

    November 9, 2007 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  4. Terry, El Paso, TX

    Perhaps some of you watched the Desperate Housewives episode in which Gabrielle (Eva Longoria) had an affair with a neighborhood teenager who did yard work for her. She became pregnant but didn't know whether the teenager or her husband was the father.

    The USA has been having an affair with Mexico for more than a century. America is now pregnant with the results of the affair: 13 – 20 million (or more) illegal immigrants. Mexican workers were imported in large numbers to lay track for the railroads after the Civil War. Since then, we have routinely imported cheap labor by the hundreds of thousands, then millions, to work in construction, the garment industry, the hospitality industry, the restaurant industry, factories, and agriculture. In the American southwest, access to a cheap illegal Mexican maid and yard man have been considered a civil right for a hundred years. I speculate that a majority of Southwesterners who oppose illegal immigration will have a Mexican maid cleaning their houses, cooking their food, and caring for their children tomorrow. They have employed her for years and will continue to do so, all the while opposing illegal immigration. My farmer relatives in East Texas routinely employed nothing but illegal aliens to work their fields and milk their cows for decades. Now that they are retired, they vigorously oppose illegal immigration.

    Anyone who has read a history book during the last century could have predicted that this growing problem would eventually reach a crisis point. Our leaders did not look ahead for the long term consequences but looked instead at this month's profits and next month's elections. The voters (you and me) who kept them in office enjoyed cheap prices, so we chose not to solve the problem in years past when it could have been solved.
    Having lived and worked alongside illegal immigrants all our lives, we now pretend to be shocked that they exist. They picked the lettuce and tomatos that will be on your hamburger at lunch today. They will also be making and wrapping that burger and giving you your change. They built your house. They are cleaning your child's school today. They work in your day care center. They are driving the car in the freeway lane next to yours. They will put linens on your bed and scramble your eggs the next time you stay in a hotel. Their children are American citizens.

    To deport these people, we would have to suspend the Constitution for a while so that our police can kick in the doors to any home in America in a warrantless search for them. It would take a decade or two to round them all up. Then we could pack them sixty to a box car in 333,000 box cars, nail the doors shut with 7.5 million nails, and ship them to Laredo, El Paso, and San Diego for deportation. The success of our deportation plan depends on Mexico's agreement to accept them. Under international law, Mexico does not have to accept them, and I doubt they would. Costs would be enormous. In addition to the taxes needed to support an extra million Bureau of Immigration employees, detention camps to house and feed millions of prisoners, and Justice Department employees to handle millions of court cases and appeals, we would have to hire expensive American employees to replace them in our schools, street departments, day care centers, factories, and fields. The cost of housing, food, education, day care, and government would skyrocket.

    During this long deportation process, millions of them would be streaming back across our borders to resume their lives and jobs here. Also, our streets would be filled with the neighbors and relatives of those illegal aliens who would be protesting, filing lawsuits, writing furious letters to Congress, striking, blocking roads, etc. Mexico would likewise be in political turmoil since the money sent back by those illegal workers is the largest single source of income for Mexico. Millions of wives and children back home depend on that cash for rent and food.

    It would have been nice to have solved this problem back when it could have been solved. It's too bad we as voters were so short-sighted for the last 75 years, always taking the easy way out and never looking carefully at growing problems.

    In short, we really enjoyed our affair with Mexico but we got pregnant. Now we are mad at the father and mad at the baby. We tried to ignore the pregnancy for 75 years, but now the labor pains have started. It is too late for a cultural abortion. We're going to have to raise our baby.

    November 9, 2007 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  5. KIm, Midland MI

    The last time I checked, people illegally living in the US still cough. In fact, very poor people still cough.

    Denying things like health care to people who are living and coughing in the US is a recipe for disaster, because the biggest threats to the US and humanity as a whole are pathogens.

    Bacteria, viruses and other pathogens are by far the most dangerous species on the planet, and they are constantly changing to adapt to whatever measures we put in place.

    Cutting healthcare to anyone living in this country puts everyone at risk, and seems to be a particularly short-sighted policy. And not having ANY REAL idea about who is actually living in your city is a public health crisis waiting to happen. Not giving someone a driver's license doesn't punish them, it punishes everyone else who lives around them.

    November 9, 2007 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  6. mildred dant, atlanta, georgia

    he is only saying he doesnt favor illegal immagration, i have already heard him say that one of his choices for a running mate would be Jeb bush. the bushes all favor illegal immagration.

    November 9, 2007 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  7. Doc,R, NC

    Impose penalties on exploitive employers and this dillema will resolve itself. No illegal will find America very attractive if there's no job here for him / her.
    That way these illegals will find their way back to Mexico or wherever at their own expense.
    The governing class opposes this because they knuckled under to their business pals and took the campaign money. I feel that if a businessman has any business skill, he'll do just fine without having to supress wages and exploit the less fortunate. Besides, I'm tired of being looked down on by those businessmen ans women as if they are more capable when they are merely less moral.

    November 9, 2007 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  8. Bob, Roxboro, NC

    Tom Dedham, Mass

    Ever heard of deferred payment?

    A lot of politicians who for one reason or another leave politics, get great jobs in the private sector in return for favors done while in office.

    Why in the world would someone spend $1000000 dollars to get a 4 year stint without enough pay to recover the investment?

    November 9, 2007 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  9. aj huntington ny

    MidlandMI at 4:25pm – if we relax the immigraiton even more the floodgates will open. Have you been in an emer. room lately. Are you aware that street smart, illegals who really are criminals because they broke fed. laws to get here, are sitting in the emer. room for non-emergency care for them and their children? As a normal, hard-working American, how in the world is that fair to me, when my own taxes go up year after year to suppport this travesty?

    November 9, 2007 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  10. aj huntington ny

    Build the fence already! Those on the other side will know we're not pushovers and those on the right side of it will have ten million less reasons next year to worry about being hit by a hit-and-run illegal

    November 9, 2007 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  11. Troy

    How is this racism? The issue on illegal immigration is just a "legal issue" pretext for Bigotry, Racism and Jingoism. America is full of hate and selfishness. It's all about the "ME attitude. How pathetic!

    November 9, 2007 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  12. Mountaineer, Morgantown ,WV

    I totally agree with Terry from TX. It would be really bad for the economy if the people without proper documents(I really hate when they are called illegals) were deported. The majority of the people work really hard and they have an overall positive impact on the economy, despite what some people in this country might think. I really hate politicians like this guy who have never gone to bed without having food to eat, talking bullcrap. He does not have any idea how to handle this problem. By the way, this guy does not represent all Mormons – they are usually nice people. Why do you think Utah has a very large Latino community?

    November 9, 2007 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  13. random

    we should just nuke the border
    simple, clean and efficient

    November 10, 2007 03:00 am at 3:00 am |
  14. Jay, Washington, DC

    If it isn't racism, it is close. While the GOP wants the average guy to fight the local battle–which will pit peoples of differing ethnic groups (easily manipulatable), the real battle is on another plane where the profit makers and decisionmakers sit. With them, illegal immigration has been a great money maker. We turn our eyes and let them come in and it means profit margins for big ranches and farms. It would be deemed slave labor, except that the game was supposed to be that they'd circle back into Mexico and new folks would take their places. Ingenious, except that more are staying. they seeks services and, despite being illegal, since we have knowingly benefitted from their presence, we owe them some of these. Bottom line is that if we don't want to make services and citizenship available, we must close the border. Dirty little fact is that the GOP won't because illegal immigration is doing wonders for their corporate masters by lowering labor costs and possibly destroying the power of organizaed labor in this country.

    November 10, 2007 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  15. Tom Dedham, Mass

    Tom Dedham, Mass

    Ever heard of deferred payment?

    A lot of politicians who for one reason or another leave politics, get great jobs in the private sector in return for favors done while in office.

    Why in the world would someone spend $1000000 dollars to get a 4 year stint without enough pay to recover the investment?

    Posted By Bob, Roxboro, NC : November 9, 2007 8:22 pm

    Bob, can you explain what my posting has to do with this response?

    If it is about Halliburton and Cheney, i'll write it slower so ya'll can read it, Cheney has ZERO invested in Halliburton, ZERO, that is just a simple fact, if you have some revealing information that proves what you are saying, please share with the rest of the class.

    November 11, 2007 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
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