Romney, GOP struggle with immigration issues
June 26th, 2012
05:15 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney, GOP struggle with immigration issues

Washington (CNN) - Mitt Romney spent the presidential primary campaign trying to convince conservatives of his right-wing credibility on immigration issues.

He labeled rivals Newt Gingrich and Texas Gov. Rick Perry as soft on illegal immigrants for suggesting some leniency for specific categories, such as students or long-time community members. He rejected the DREAM Act that would provide a pathway to citizenship for some young illegal immigrants. He called part of Arizona's controversial immigration law a model for the rest of the country.

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  1. Mikey

    The GOP is struggling with the issue because they don't want to step on Romney, who apparently is tongue tied on this one, because he can't figure out what his position is (to flip flop or not to flip flop, that is the question – LOL). Note that he criticizes the President on almost everything, but avoids saying what he would actually do on anything. God help us if the valueless weathervane gets into the White House.

    June 26, 2012 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    Mittens: "Hi, I spent hundreds of thousands of dollars of MA taxpayer money destroying the records of my governorship and the computers on which they resided. Obama is bad for asserting executive privilege. Thank you."

    June 26, 2012 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  3. California

    Bottom line, amnesty just compounds the problem.

    Fix the real problem first and that is the influx of illegals flooding into this coutnry.

    June 26, 2012 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    GOP/Teatroll immigration policy: "If you're brown, get out of my town."

    June 26, 2012 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  5. Showmeyerpapers

    Not only have illegal invaders slit the throats of the working man they are responsible for 75% of the crime here in denver radioreference dot com monitor police and ems frequencies for yourself they must have killed 250000Americans in the last 50 years look at lapd online all most wanted 95% spanic. I knew newt was the sh samich. I dont care if an illegal sailed with washington , REMOVE THEM! The states want the laws ENFORCED PERIOD! Theyll bankrupt EVERY STATE! LOOK AT CALIFORNIA FOR GOD SAKE! Mehico is a cultural catastrophe and our govt has helped them spread their societal ills across our great nation. We would have the highest standard of living on earth if it wasnt for the constant stranglehold on our economy due to the invasion and occupation of our soverign land. Look noone wants to break up families just be sure to get them all on the same bus with the anchor offspring seated up front. What about all the american families torn apart by the federal invasion policy in effect. The

    June 26, 2012 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  6. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    The GOP is a "headless" with too many wanna bees but all afraid to speak out, so what does anyone expect from Romney, he's afraid too.

    June 26, 2012 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  7. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    The GOP is "headless" with too many wanna bees but all afraid to speak out, so what does anyone expect from Romney, he's afraid too.

    June 26, 2012 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  8. Showmeyerpapers

    They are simply NOT immigrants. Anything short of deportation is nonsense! Sheriff JOE for president! I LOVE YOU SHERIFF JOE! End the diplomatic immunity for illegal invaders, cuff them and transport to southern south america! The only right they have is not to be beaten on the ride home. Get em out of here or WE WILL!

    June 26, 2012 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  9. Gurgyl

    Mittens is an idiot, so is perry.

    June 26, 2012 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  10. John the Historian

    Romney and his mormon cult who believe anyone who is not white has the mark of cain. I hope when Romney loses big time he moves to Nauvoo and waits for his polygamist Jesus Christ who can take him to the mormon cult heaven of the planet kolob. Does anyone know how many women Joseph Smith and Brigham Young raped ? Those two murderers and con artists just like Willard.

    June 26, 2012 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    "We would have the highest standard of living on earth if it wasnt for the constant stranglehold on our economy due to the invasion and occupation of our soverign land"

    We would have the highest standard of living on earth if it wasnt for the plutocraic tricle-down ideological lie the GOP/conservatives sold us over the past 60+ years.

    FIFY :-)

    June 26, 2012 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    "Get em out of here or WE WILL!"

    Double dog dare ya. Go ahead. See who ends up in jail then. In fact...I triple dog dare ya.

    June 26, 2012 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  13. Sorensen

    Romney and the GOP struggle with everything. Except big money in politics and disdain for women, catholics, jews,
    blacks, gays, contraception, hispanics, etc. It's all in their funny book that came flying down from heaven!!!

    June 26, 2012 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  14. WiredweirdinSF

    It is very difficult morally to not give everyone everything they want so you can get their votes in an election. You must consider the consequesnces. It is something that democrat liberals have no problem with, winning the election is the important thng regardless of conscience or consequence. That is how we ended up with the most incompetent, inept, corrupt, union toady we have ever had as president, Hussein Obozo.

    June 26, 2012 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  15. Niuhc

    There would not be an issue if the laws on the books were enforced. Which part of the word "illegal" do some people not understand? If they are in this country illegally, arrest them and deport them to their country of origin.

    June 26, 2012 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  16. Me IN HOUSTON

    "Romney, GOP struggle with immigration issues"
    They hate Mexicans and use them as a political boogey man to stoke the fears of their base
    At the same time Republican realize that they are an ever increasing portion of the voting population
    And they want those Mexicans to vote GOtP

    you would have to be a grade A SUCKER to be Latino and vote for the GOP
    you would have to be a grade A bimbo to be woman and vote for the GOP

    June 26, 2012 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  17. MaryM

    Mitt the FLIP. New slogan for the Mitt

    June 26, 2012 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  18. vic , nashville ,tn

    When republicans controlled state passed tough immigration laws 2010 and 2011, GOP didn’t say no
    Now no words Karma

    June 26, 2012 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  19. Myviewis

    Sniffit

    GOP/Teatroll immigration policy: "If you're brown, get out of my town."
    ---------------------------

    So you're a practicing attorney telling people it is okay to break immigration laws? Wow, that's a new one. I gather you must be making good money from illegal immigrants seeking your help in staying in our country? Hmmmm, sounds to me like you have a lot of personal financial gain in this Obama immigration rule. And here I thought you were just a hippie Democrat.

    June 26, 2012 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  20. Larry L

    This a tough one for Republicans! Those pools won't clean themselves! Who will make the beds and mow the lawn when the "illegals" are sent home?

    Romney never takes a position because he's just another spoiled preppy – used to getting his way and totally unaware of the challenges faced by people who didn't get "daddy's money".

    June 26, 2012 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  21. Thomas

    I thought Romney was from Mexico !

    Self deportation !

    June 26, 2012 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  22. don in albuquerque

    With the way things have gone with our gubmint-let em have it. Who wants it.

    June 26, 2012 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  23. J R Brown

    Regardless of what Romney does, he won't be as "soft" on immigration as Obama. Obama is the first president in the history of our country to order federal immigration laws ignored.

    There is a difference between what Romney might say he'd do and what Obama HAS DONE as President. Obama is THE MOST SOFT President on illegal immigration ever...he's the only one to have ever ordered that illegal immigrants not be deported.

    June 26, 2012 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  24. ThinkAgain

    The only "struggle" Mittens and the GOP have with immigration is how to twist how they really feel into something they can use to con immigrants into voting for them.

    June 26, 2012 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  25. ThinkAgain

    "We would have the highest standard of living on earth if it wasnt for the constant stranglehold on our economy due to the invasion and occupation of our soverign land."

    LOL! Your beef is with all the AMERICANS who've hired illegal immigrants (which is illegal) so they can save on labor costs, don't have to pay FICA, don't have to pay unemployment insurance, don't have to provide any benefits and can pay sub-standard wages.

    You want to be mad at someone? Be mad at all your fellow AMERICANS who care about profit over you and our nation's long-term economic prosperity.

    June 26, 2012 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
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