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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
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's comment about "self-deportation" during Monday's debate in Florida, referring to what others have long called "attrition through enforcement," has by now drawn an equal share of criticism and cracks.
The "Patriots for Self-Deportation" behind it advocate removing oneself to the land of one's ancestors, or as they put it, "the scene of the crime." From their press release, which quotes a spokesman named Stephen Winters:
"A surprising number of authentic patriots have found in their own genealogical searches that one or more of their ancestors came here or stayed here illegally, and yet continued to make a living in this country and have children who in turn became instant citizens," said Winters. "Some patriots, faced with this moral dilemma, have decided to set an example for others. Knowing that their own presence in this country is not on moral solid ground, they have decided to demonstrate the highest level of civic dedication and sacrifice, and engage in self-deportation."
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's line during last night's debate in Florida about "self-deportation" has drawn its share of attention (and cracks) by now, but the concept he's talking about isn't a novel one. Though whether it really works as intended is another question.
Questioned about what he'd do with undocumented immigrants if he doesn't plan to round them up and deport them, Romney talked about making it impossible for them to get jobs, referencing the federal E-Verify status-check tool used by some employers (and which some states have made mandatory). The idea would be to make life so difficult for undocumented immigrants that they would leave of their own volition, a concept known as "attrition through enforcement," which advocates of tighter immigration restrictions have supported for years.