Mitt Romney was at a Univision Candidate Forum where he found himself facing many questions on his stances on immigration issues. He squirmed and tried his best to dodge answering in detail and played the crowd with the usual airy and nonspecific conservative talking points as though they were not able to understand that he was dodging their questions.
He mostly stuck to his talking points, saying that President Obama put a temporary stop-gap solution to help what he termed the ‘Illegal Aliens’ with the dream act, promising that when he is President he will preside over the congress in finding a ‘permanent’ solution.
The audience at the Univision forum was reportedly pre-packed with Romney supporters, so many of Romney’s responses received enthusiastic applause.
The Obama campaign was less impressed.
“On critical issues, he continued to refuse to answer any of the tough questions or provide any specifics on what he’d do as president,” Obama campaign spokesperson Lis Smith said. “We are just two weeks away from the first presidential debate, where the American people will demand more than vague answers and empty platitudes. It’s time for Mitt Romney to come clean and get specific about his policies.”
Smith accused Romney of “doubling down on asking immigrants to self-deport.”
When pressed to answer if he will be deporting any immigrants, Mitt all but choked when he said ‘we are not going to round-up 12 million people, the kids, the parents and deport them”…but when pressed for any details and given a simple yes or no choice, sadly he could not bring himself to say no.
He keeps saying that he will find a permanent solution, which I think could be anything from a draft for immigrants to his famous ‘self deportation‘ … probably in lieu of being thrown in jail. I would not put anything past Romney or the conservatives and no one is saying anything definitive to put my mind at ease.
Romney has repeatedly vowed to repeal any dream act legislation. I cannot trust him as President. I cannot trust him as President for ALL Americans. In his secret tapes he condescendingly refers to the 47% as ‘those people’…and they are Americans, think of what he says about undocumented immigrants! I just can’t trust this guy.
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