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Addressing whether he would do away with President Obama's new plan to grant temporary legal status to some undocumented young people who came to the United States as minors, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said today at a Latino elected leaders' conference:
The answer is that I will put in place my own long-term solution that will replace and supersede the President's temporary measure.
As President, I won’t settle for a stop-gap measure. I will work with Republicans and Democrats to find a long-term solution. I will prioritize measures that strengthen legal immigration and make it easier. And I will address the problem of illegal immigration in a civil but resolute manner.
Now the question is what kind of long-term solution or solutions Romney is talking about. His statement was made
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President Barack Obama at a campaign event in Redwood City, Calif., May 23, 2012
A conservative group is capitalizing on President Obama's less-than-popular record on immigration as a way to appeal to Latino voters, while Republican candidate-apparent Mitt Romney is talking up the economy as an alternate way of reaching out to Latinos. But in spite of all this, a new poll suggests that Romney still has much ground to cover.
Released by NBC, the Wall Street Journal and Telemundo, the poll shows 61 percent of 300 Latino adults surveyed earlier this month supporting Obama for reelection, versus 27 percent who support Romney. Among other things, a majority of respondents gave Obama the thumbs-up for his handling of the economy. And as for his recently-stated position in support of same-sex marriage, that didn't appear to make much of a difference.
A few highlighted questions and results from the poll:
One impressive thing about President Obama's recent pledge that he'd try to get comprehensive immigration reform passed in his second term if reelected, made during a televised interview with the Spanish-language Univision network, is the seemingly bipartisan nature of the unhappy reactions that skeptics have been posting online.
During a network interview Friday, Obama said: "I can promise that I will try to do it in the first year of my second term. I want to try this year. The challenge we’ve got on immigration reform is very simple. I’ve got a majority of Democrats who are prepared to vote for it, and I’ve got no Republicans who are prepared to vote for it."
A good intention perhaps, but much of the online reaction since has tended to bring up where the road paved with good intentions leads to. During Obama's first term, immigration reform efforts like the Dream Act have failed while enforcement-based policies like the controversial Secure Communities fingerprint-sharing program have stuck, contributing to record deportations.
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A post following up on Tuesday's State of the Union address titled "Obama's immigration talk: More yawns than cheers?" has drawn several comments from readers, some directly addressing the president's brief mention of immigration reform, some not.
In his address Tuesday, President Obama spoke of the need for comprehensive immigration reform, suggesting that if the Dream Act - proposed legislation that would grant conditional legal status to qualifying young people - were to reach his desk, "I will sign it right away." But this component of his speech wasn't anything new to those who follow immigration issues, and that was one of the themes of the next day's reactions in media and elsewhere, samples of which I posted.
In reaction to the post, Skv wrote:
What about thousands of people who came to this country legally, paying taxes and are waiting for their turn to become legal residents. I'm one of them. I came here as a student legally, got a job legally, paying my share of taxes, doing my bit to the community I live in and am waiting for my turn to obtain permanent legal status for the past 7 years.
Is there any closure to our problems? It is rather sad to see that people who are illegal in this country are given importance than people who are here legally.
Last night during his State of the Union speech, President Obama spoke, as he has before, about the need for comprehensive immigration reform. He also brought up, if not by name, the Dream Act, long-proposed legislation that would grant conditional legal status to undocumented young people who arrived in the U.S. before age 16 if they attend college or join the military.
"Send me a law that gives then the chance to earn their citizenship," Obama said. "I will sign it right away." But by and large, Obama's statements regarding immigration didn't draw much excitement. Here are a few snippets of reaction from media and elsewhere.
The immigration portion of the speech was nothing we haven't heard before, wrote Elise Foley in the Huffington Post:
When President Obama's immigration policy staffers gathered to help pen the State of the Union Address passage dedicated to their issue, they didn't have much to work with. Comprehensive immigration reform never came close, and the Dream Act failed. What's a speechwriter to do?
"I believe as strongly as ever that we should take on illegal immigration," Obama said in his Tuesday evening speech.
Indeed, he "strongly believe[d] that we should take on, once and for all, the issue of illegal immigration" last year, according to his State of the Union speech.