December 12th, 2007
08:15 AM ET
14 years ago

Romney's immigration politics

Watch John King's report about immigration and the Republican presidential race.

(CNN) - In an effort to preserve his front-runner status in Iowa's Republican presidential nomination race, Mitt Romney is using the hot-button issue of immigration against his rivals.

Chief National Correspondent John King was on the campaign trail with Romney in Iowa and filed this report.

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Filed under: Immigration • Iowa • Mike Huckabee • Mitt Romney • Rudy Giuliani • South Carolina
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  1. aj, IL

    It is amazing that this guy is running for President as a GOP candidate. Mitt comes across as the kid who grew up with a "silver spoon in his mouth". How this guy say with a straight face that is the most stringent on illegal immigration. Below is a link that highlights Mitt's true nature when it comes to illegal immigrations. Mitt, you shouldn't throw stones when you live in a glass "mansion".

    December 11, 2007 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  2. Charles in Salt Lake City, UT

    It is almost unbelievable that Mitt Romney would try to use the subject of illegal immigration to criticize anyone.

    People who are concerned about illegal immigration need to know something about Mitt Romney that he isn't going to tell you.

    Here in Utah - a state with which Romney has deep philosophical and emotional ties (remember who saved the 2002 Olympics, everyone?) - we already have what basically amounts to a "sanctuary" policy in place. We are one of the mere handful of states that actually permits an illegal alien to obtain a driver's license, which in turn opens the door to automobile loans, rental arrangements, mortgages, bank accounts, etc — in other words, all those things that people who have broken our laws need in order to be able to continue to function in American society. Even employees of government agencies - welfare workers, law enforcement, child and family service workers, etc - are all "strongly discouraged" and many times forbidden outright from reporting illegal aliens to ICE when they encounter them (as I know first hand, being a state employee who has received just such admonitions).

    But wait. Is this because Utah is such a progressive state, so well known for it's tradition of liberal thought?


    Utah's sanctuary policy stems directly from the influence and control of the LDS Church, whose members make up 99% of the State Legislature. The LDS Church (of which Mr. Romney so recently reminded us that he is an active, fully believing member) openly encourages this "don't ask, don't tell" approach to illegals largely because of such people's Hispanic origins, based on the church's desire to counteract the theme of racism toward native Americans contained in the Book of Mormon. (Please don't take my word for this — you can go to any search engine and enter the words: Mormon, Indian, skin, white — and you will learn that the Book of Mormon casts God Himself as a white-skinned racist who curses people by giving them dark skin in order to promote segregation. Little known, seldom spoken of, but true.)

    So even though Mr. Romney may say one thing on the subject of illegal immigration in order to try to win over your vote, he has another master to serve with different ideas that he will have to consider. So I'd like to issue the following challenge to Mr. Romney on the matter of illegal immigration:

    Governor Romney, if you truly are opposed to the sanctuary policies you accuse your opponents of, then please put your actions where your current rhetoric is. You may not have ever been the governor of Utah, but you know perfectly well that you carry weight and influence in the Beehive State. I challenge you to publicly call on Utah's Governor John Huntsman and the Utah Legislature to repeal the sanctuary policies mentioned above, and to henceforward require all persons acting in any official capacity in state or local government throughout Utah to vigorously assist ICE and other federal agencies in the enforcement of existing immigration law.

    I further challenge your own staff to bring this situation to your urgent attention, and I invite your opponents and the media to monitor and report on whether you are willing to confront the sanctuary policies encouraged by your own religious leaders in Utah or not.

    If you don't, can't, or won't do this, then anything you have to say about anyone else's positions or actions concerning illegal immigration must be taken as the empty words of a mere politician.

    December 11, 2007 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  3. David, Oregon City, Oregon

    Candidates… for you lives!
    Huckabee is coming! Huckabee is coming!
    Defend your political war chests, run more attack ads, switch to a negative campaigning…
    America is saying Washington is not for sale anymore..!

    December 11, 2007 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  4. Karen Houston TX

    Romney is better on the issue of illegal immigration than Huckabee and Huckabee knows it. He ia also better with economics...WAY BETTER! He's better on foreign trade, and he's more ecducated, he's as conservative on social issues and way more conservative than Mike when it comes to little things like taxation!

    HMMM, who should we choose?

    December 12, 2007 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  5. sue,macungie,pa


    December 12, 2007 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  6. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    You like Mike?

    Let's see: he let a rapist out, said "no one could know he'd kill" and couldn't recall meeting with the victims ... until later: and the parole board wasn't pressured: just disgruntled appointees.

    He didn't want to hurt anyone's feelings: couldn't imagine why saying that he wanted to lock away all people with aids would upset Ryan White's Mom.

    Say what you think: get it out about Mitt's religion, then get credit for the apology but most people will remember the comment, not the retraction.

    That and his flat tax and corporate welfare program makes him the obvious GOP Conservative, Christian, Evangelical choice: been there – done that – and the country has the scars to prove it!

    December 13, 2007 07:19 am at 7:19 am |