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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