During the Republican primaries in early 2012, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said Arizona’s SB-1070 was a model to follow and that undocumented immigrants should self-deport. Last night, he failed to answer if he still felt this way.
At the University of Miami, Romney addressed a group of Latino voters at a forum hosted by Univision, the number one Spanish broadcasting network in the United States. Right from the start, he made statements about immigration reform.
“I will actually fix the immigration system and make it work for the people of America,” Romney said to the enthusiastic crowd.
The GOP candidate spent a significant amount of time criticizing Obama’s promises he did not fulfill as president. He spoke against Deferred Action saying it does not adequately tackle the problem and that it was just a ploy to gain Latino voters since this is an election year.
He did not answer the question as to whether he would end Deferred Action if he wins the election. Instead, he said he wants to fix the broken system with something more permanent.
He made clear that he does not believe in mass deportation by making the following statement: “We’re not going to round up 12 million people…Our system isn’t to deport people. We need a long-term solution.”
President Obama is scheduled to speak at the same forum tonight at the University of Miami to address Latino voters.