Thursday, June 21, 2012

Romney promises long-term solution on immigration

Mitt Romney just finished giving his address to the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO), and as expected, didn't endorse Barack Obama's sweeping immigration plan or offer a specific replacement.

“Some people have asked if I will let stand the President’s executive action. 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."

Katrina Trinko has his prescriptions on other immigration-related issues.

His other policy plans on the immigrant front including changing “our temporary worker visa program so that it meets our economic needs,” ensuring those who serve in the military can obtain legal status, and providing green cards to foreign students who obtain advanced degrees at U.S. colleges in math, science, or engineering. Romney advocates an increase in how many high-skilled immigrants are allowed to come to the U.S. every year.

But the speech was predominantly about the economy, and more specifically, Barack Obama's handling of it, which Romney relentlessly slammed.

It was another reminder that Mitt doesn't seem inclined to dip too deeply into immigration-related issues and is making the calculation that Hispanic voters will be much more moved by unemployment and the economy.