November 9th, 2007
11:30 AM ET
11 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. joseph, austin,tx

    please dont waste resources on building a fence, let that money go to increased border patrol, unmanned aerial drones, and other technologies to assist the border patrol. i like what he says about the situation, would be nice to hear how he plans to handle the situation.

    November 9, 2007 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  2. Mary, Beaver, PA

    Romney is right about Guiliani's flip-flopping on this issue.

    The top runners on both sides of the aisle - Guiliani and Clinton - are exactly the same: Phony Baloney!

    November 9, 2007 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  3. Karen,ny

    What nerve he has to get involved with NY. He is just a candidate. I doubt anyone in NY would even think about voting for a Mormon. He should be worrying about Utah.

    November 9, 2007 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  4. Hank, Fort Myers, FL

    This guy should be getting the evil eye. He proposes solutions to problems that will only make bigger problems==that doesn't make sense. How about this...let's try to resolve some of these immigration concerns through sanctions on our partner down south. Maybe we can export white collar jobs to Mexico– this time when we outsource we can send the people along with the jobs...cost of living is lower, and there is some great water front property. But seriously, we shouldn't tear apart families or deny necessary emergency medical care to anybody in this country (no matter how they got here) Diplomatic pressure and possible sanctions against the Mexican government–tough and resolute border control–if you do that first, then we can tackle the domestic issues. But we shouldn't do it in a manner that would disgrace our nations founding principles and concepts.

    November 9, 2007 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  5. Dan, St. Louis, MO

    This issue will hurt Giuliani in the primary even more than it will hurt Hillary in the general. Independant voters, who voite in the NH primary, oppose amnesty 80% to 20%

    November 9, 2007 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  6. jack.phoenix,az

    I wish ONE politician would draw a line in the sand and commit to one stance, and stop being wishy-washy. Stop trying to get everyone's vote. They are so GUTLESS, all of them. A bunch of SLUGS.

    November 9, 2007 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  7. Jeannie, Sacramento, CA

    "Our party," as Romney calls it, is headed by the biggest illegal alien advocate of all, George Bush, who just can't say no to corporate need for cheap labor. He's an emasculated corporate lap dog! Together with McCain, Bush has wandered the farthest away from the GOP on this issue, and I'd like to hear Mitt diss him on it. If Mitt wants to be honest and up front once and for all, he'll have to part not only with Giuliani, but with the president as well.

    November 9, 2007 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  8. Raymond, El Paso TX

    How also taking a stance on not giving no-bid contracts to former corporations you worked for? ...or will you be another Cheney?

    November 9, 2007 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  9. Chris, Rowlett, Tx

    Re: Karen from NY...

    What nerve indeed, Karen! I mean, certain people want illegals to have drivers licenses in you want that Karen? Look at the polls Karen! ...the majority of Americans think this is insane... It's a matter of time before Ny is a sanctuary city Karen! ...and one last thing, Karen...He is running for President. You don't think he should make comments about other states in the U.S., Karen?

    Look at the bigger picture, Karen.

    Typical New've got tunnel vision.

    November 9, 2007 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  10. mark, BR, LA

    I'm sick of all the hypocrisy on the immigration issue. Wasn't Reagen the one who granted widespread amnesty to illegal immigrants about 20 years ago? Now all the Republicans say we can't have any type of amnesty and we must seal our borders.

    That won't solve anything, and they know it. Our economy is built on exploitation of poor workers, whether those workers are here or in a sweatshop half-way around the world. Some jobs can't be exported-like picking tomatoes in Florida or cleaning grease traps at a NY restaurant. We pay so little to those workers and the work is so tough, that U.S. citizens don't want the jobs. We already have millions of illegal immigrants in this country. If they all went away tomorrow, our economy would crash.

    That's the truth, and until the politicians face that truth, this issue isn't going to get any better.

    November 9, 2007 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  11. Zach, Ann Arbor, MI

    Wow, Karen of New York – if all New Yorkers are as close-minded and prejudiced as you, then you're right, a good candidate like Mitt Romney probably won't get many votes there. But then again, if I were him, I wouldn't want those kind of votes anyway.

    November 9, 2007 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  12. J, Ada OK

    Attention Bigots:

    There is nothing wrong with voting for a Mormon. In fact, they have a lot of good qualities you want in a leader. Regardless, the Mormon thing is a non-issue.

    November 9, 2007 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  13. Rick, Chicago Illinois

    And let me guess ... he takes this stance AFTER taking the opposite one previously right? – cuz he's still making up his platform as he goes along and trying to be whatever people want him to be right?

    This is the same Romney who would have Clayton Holton arrested – a guy who has muscular dystrophy, needs MEDICAL (non-synthetic) marijuana, and (according to FIVE MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS)is "living proof medical marijuana works."

    But stupid religious freaks will vote for him anyway. Just like they voted for a guy who got God's permission to bomb Iraq.

    And what logical, common-sense reason does he have for being against medical marijuana use you ask? That was a trick question, because you see, THERE ISN'T ONE!

    It's based on his religious Mormon cult beliefs of course!

    Hopefully he'll be banished to the lowest depths of Hades where he can sit in his reserved spot next to Jim Bakker, Jimmy Swaggart, Pat Robertson, Paul Crouch, Rev. Ted Haggard, Rev. Phil Phillips, Rev. Joseph Chambers, James Dobson, Jeffrey Lundgren, Gary Aldridge and all the other similar whackjobs that people like him worship.

    November 9, 2007 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  14. Brandie Ragin Tampa FL

    There are SO many illegals in this country that it is beyond control at this point. The immigration proposal that blew my mind, had an offer of 12 million being allowed to stay...STAY in this country. Meaning they are ALREADY here...
    Honestly, why should they receive benefits of this society that in most cases our OWN citizens are denied? Especially having come here by illegal means. Reward for wrongdoing?

    I'm more concerned about capturing the terrorists that walk the streets of our country everyday. They are more dangerous than illegal immigrants & they live freely in this country, just waiting for instructions to wage an attack. It's a reality people! It is UNDENIABLE!

    None of these people should reap the benefits of living in this country, whether it be through healthcare, education, etc. We can't even house our own veterans of war or give THEM the medical care they need after fighting for this country...or properly educate OUR children in many school systems.

    The sad thing...immigrants are taking jobs that Americans don't really want or can't afford to take. They squeeze several people into a tiny apartment & send most of their earnings back to their families. Yet Americans can't afford to survive & raise their own families on those wages...

    What does that say?

    Most people in good financial standing can't comprehend such a thing, as they have never been there...but it IS an issue. A very sad, but real issue.

    At the same can you deny a person that has come to you who is severely ill and needs immediate care? No matter what their status. Sometimes there is no way to justify either stance. Compassion vs. Citizen-only rights/benefits?

    It's all about taking a walk in someone else's shoes. How can there be a right answer? Sometimes...there just isn't.

    That's why we see politicians wavering so often. Morality/ethics & what we'd like to see happen(taking care of our own members of society first) butt heads.

    November 9, 2007 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  15. Kevin Smith, Clay, NY

    I'm surprised–the last thing I want is for illegal aliens to have diver's licenses! 🙂

    November 9, 2007 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  16. Steve, Lyons, CO

    "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."

    Hillary Clinton? This is your own president, Mitt, you pathetic liar. YOUR PARTY was the one making mistakes on immigration.

    November 9, 2007 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  17. Dave from THE state of Texas

    Blah, blah blah

    November 9, 2007 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  18. Nat, NYC

    I'm from NYC and after Romney's promise on anti-illegal issue, he will be my second choice for the President after Tom Tancredo, who looks like a very long shot. Giuliani was not so great Mayor of NYC as people portrait him. I even can't compare Giuliani to the present Mayor Mike Bloomberg, who is the greatest Mayor of all time. Giuliani was and is the big businesses protégée and his moral character just awful. I’m terrified if Giuliani will be my next President and his wife the First Lady.

    November 9, 2007 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  19. Darrell, Biloxi MS

    The entire field of Republican candidates, with the exception of course of Ron Paul, are exactly the same... cookie cutter dishonest politicians. Wake up people and start exercising your brains. Do a little research, recognize the rhetoric, and find out what the candidates stand for. A good place to start is

    November 9, 2007 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    I think you people better delete this one. If anyone is going to hell this person would certainly be at the top of the list.

    based on his religious Mormon cult beliefs of course!

    Hopefully he'll be banished to the lowest depths of Hades where he can sit in his reserved spot next to Jim Bakker, Jimmy Swaggart, Pat Robertson, Paul Crouch, Rev. Ted Haggard, Rev. Phil Phillips, Rev. Joseph Chambers, James Dobson, Jeffrey Lundgren, Gary Aldridge and all the other similar whackjobs that people like him worship.

    Posted By Rick, Chicago Illinois : November 9, 2007 1:16 pm

    November 9, 2007 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  21. DefendTheConstitution

    This is the same guy that needs to check with his lawyers to declare war on another country. Read the Constitution dummy!

    November 9, 2007 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  22. ut

    Number one issue for Racist people. America is so full of hate.

    November 9, 2007 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  23. Get real

    in response to ut:

    Can you explain how being against illegal immigration is a racial issue? Please do your research before stating such a blanket statement. There are many groups of all different colors and races who are against illegal immigration. It is not a racial issue but rather a legal issue.

    November 9, 2007 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  24. Tom Dedham, Mass

    Posted By Steve, Lyons, CO : November 9, 2007 1:28 pm

    Rocky mountain air got to you Steve?

    So because Bush is an idiot on illegal immigration all of us have to fall in line including Romney, because we are Republicans?

    Bush is one lone idiot, the huge majority of Republicans disagreed with him on this subject. Remember?

    Hillary loves all these ideas, remember?

    Ghoulini can spin it all he wants, Romney speaks the truth here, he is against sanctuary cities (he had nothing to do with local city councilors from the "peoples Republic of Cambridge etc, etc" doing their own thing.

    He authorized the State police to arrest these CRIMALIENS and the first thing Deval Patrick (a Clinton crony) did when he took office was remove the authority.

    He also has always been against giving in-state tuition to illegals, unlike again our current Governor who embraces it.

    The article could easily be titled how he is FOR LEGAL IMMIGRATION, like many of us are, but that wouldn't help "the cause".

    Before one of you geniuses googles and discovers that he may have had illegals mow his lawn, he hired a contractor who in turn hired the illegals (the contractor had a good record).

    This also happened to me when I got siding put up, how would you and others react if when someone CONTRACTS work out says "I don't want any illegals on the job", don't think that would go over well.


    How also taking a stance on not giving no-bid contracts to former corporations you worked for? …or will you be another Cheney?

    Posted By Raymond, El Paso TX : November 9, 2007 12:56 pm

    Probably referring to Halliburton, the company that Cheney has ZERO financial interest in and has had NONE since he became VP, I'll write that again, NONE.

    Quick quiz there Raymond, who was the first President to give Halliburton a NO BID Contract...........Times up, it was Bill Clinton, what was his motive?

    November 9, 2007 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  25. Gary, Detroit, Mich.


    The man is potentially running for president of ALL 50 states. Last I heard, N.Y. has no plans to secede from the union. However, as it becomes more evident that N.Y. is drowning in illegal aliens, the rest of us may very well want you to secede. You New Yorkers can start your own country. Just think...driver's licenses for everyone! And for the record, I have called Eliot Spitzer's office several times to comment on this insanity. And I don't live in N.Y.

    November 9, 2007 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
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