Romney adviser: Obama immigration measure subject to repeal
June 24th, 2012
10:49 AM ET
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Romney adviser: Obama immigration measure subject to repeal

Washington (CNN) - Ed Gillespie, a senior adviser to Mitt Romney, would not say on Sunday whether a President Romney would leave President Barack Obama’s recent immigration directive in place, but said all executive actions will be subject to “review and repeal.”

Gillespie, a former adviser to President George W. Bush and chairman of the Republican National Committee, said Obama's immigration announcement was a political move. He also predicted more such actions in the lead-up to the November election.

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“Between now and November, it’s clear that the Oval Office is an extension of the Chicago campaign headquarters. And they’re going to make a lot of political moves, and there are a lot of target demographics that the president will try to appeal to with executive actions,” Gillespie said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

But when asked specifically if Romney would roll back the president’s new instruction - which allows the children of illegal immigrants who meet certain criteria to stave off deportation in two-year intervals - Gillespie said, “What I’m telling you is all of these are subject to review and repeal.”

Romney has declined to say if he supports the position and instead has stressed the importance of comprehensive immigration reform. The presumptive Republican presidential nominee described his proposals last week in a speech to Latino officials, including providing green cards to those with advanced degrees or anyone serving in the military.

However, Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez of Illinois said Latino voters deserve to hear what Romney would do in regard to undocumented young people before Election Day.

“At least Mr. Romney could say, 'Look, I will not deport those young people if I’m elected president of the United States,'” Gutierrez told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley on the same program. “It’s a fair question, and it’s one that should be answered before the election.”

Carlos Gutierrez, a Romney supporter and former secretary of commerce under former President George W. Bush, pointed to his candidate’s vow to do something “long-term” and accused Obama of failing to deliver on promises made to the Latino community.

He said Obama is only now making changes to receive support from the growing voting bloc.

“This administration has played with Hispanics,” he said.

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soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. emma

    It is interesting how the GOP accuse Obama of making a political move when the GOP has made political moves over and over to try to make Obama a one-term President. Also, even the suggestion of repeal by Romney is not likely to bring him Latino votes.

    June 24, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  2. Tony

    Ed Gillespie, a senior adviser to Mitt Romney, would not say on Sunday whether a President Romney would leave President Barack Obama’s recent immigration directive in place, but said all executive actions will be subject to “review and repeal.”

    What he said about executive actions is true. But Hispanics will review and repeal Romney's candidacy first.

    June 24, 2012 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  3. Mark Glicker

    Sadly both the left and right are using an improtant issue as a politcal football.

    June 24, 2012 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  4. vic , nashville ,tn

    “Repeal” became a Romney campaign slogan

    I love politics, I enjoyed checkmate Now I don’t know what happened GOP ,they are playing very low-grade politics , this election really boring

    Recent immigration change from Obama administration absolutely political move we know that now that move look like checkmate

    June 24, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  5. jesse james. take them to street and shoot them like the dogs they are

    Just repeal romney in november

    June 24, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  6. Pete

    If republicans repeal this decision it'll put more nails in Romneys coffin,it'll show just how racially motivated these hypocrites are to put a wealthy lily white Mormon in the White House at all costs..You people saw the difference between white wealth and others,this gap will certainly widen if republicans have their way,increasing taxes on the middleclass and poor while eliminating such taxes as the capital gains tax,something weathy idiots like Romney would applaud in seeing one of their only major tax hurdles eliminated by IRS..So let's see what trouble republicans can conjure up,they've gone after Holder on this Bush historic Gunrunner, Fast and Furious deal,now trying to repeal the ACA mandates,now this,have they no ethics ,morals,its obvious they've sold their souls to the devil,those corporate elitists that can't see the people thru the clouds surrounding their castles.Isn't it a shame how different it'll be after November with less interference from republicans,most eliminated and the rest that will be silenced politically and the incumbent with a democratically run congress and senate out to help the American people ,something most of us intelligent citizens just wanted in the first place..

    June 24, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  7. Hammerer

    Words: Obama courts the Latino vote with promises that he has not kept.
    Action: Allowed hundreds of guns and untold number of rounds of ammo to be placed into the drug cartel's hands.

    June 24, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  8. rla

    The Obama political moves are shameless and right out of Chicago politics. Immigration as an issue is bi-partasan as both parties have stuck their head in the sand... The onnly real question is which party and which candidate will actually FIX the whole problem once and for all and stop this insane border issue with Mexico and actually for every other group overstaying or sneaking in.. That's who will get my vote

    June 24, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  9. sayer

    No answer means Romeny will repeal it if he gets the chance.

    June 24, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  10. keeth

    OF COURSE IT IS! Even the Obama admin is saying that the next admin can come and wipe it away with the stroke of a pen. Romney camp wants to make it sound like a fight, they're so big and strong, but it's so easy even a lil' Bush could do it.

    June 24, 2012 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  11. ddt

    the good news Ramney will not have that chance because he is not gonna be elected president of this country not ever

    June 24, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  12. Thomas

    Gillespie, a former adviser to President George W. Bush and chairman of the Republican National Committee.

    Hammerer

    Action: Allowed hundreds of guns and untold number of rounds of ammo to be placed into the drug cartel's hands.
    GW Bush administration started the policy of undercover guns to Mexico. Look at the facts !

    Romney is GW Bush 2012 .

    June 24, 2012 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  13. jimPNW

    Romney, can you just take a friggin stand on something, anything. But I guess if you do not take a stand, you won't have to come back the THE NEXT DAY and explain what you really mean was just the opposite. With the flips you can do, the U.S.A. Team needs you in London.

    June 24, 2012 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  14. carrotroot

    Romney needs to be clear on this issue, his "elect me and you will see" approach is not going to fly with anyone on either side of this debate. Everyone knows where the President stands on this, whether you agree with him or not, but what we haven't seen is a willingness from Romney to commit to taking a stand on this.

    June 24, 2012 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  15. 2020

    GOP cried foul play because their collective brain is 3 notches below Obama's group. That is fact #1.

    Political or not, immaterial. The fact Obama got the dream act passed in the house, but blocked by GOP senate. If it is politics, SO BE IT.

    Let all the citizens know how heartless of GOP.

    Romney ducked 4 times when asked last Sunday if he would repeat the executive order. he won't answer the question. Because Romney has not received instructions from his Mighty Buck Donar! Understand it now?!

    June 24, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  16. Roy

    Ask Romney if he is willing to donate all of his $250 million to help to pay off USA debt but he can keep his $10 million so in that way we can see if he truly cares about our country.

    June 24, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  17. w l jones

    I belive they call a man using a shovel an earth moving engineer. Bless.

    June 24, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |