Romney says he will not revoke Deferred Action benefits for recipients if he is elected president.
In an interview with a Denver newspaper, the Republican presidential nominee made it clear that everyone who has submitted an application and has paid all fees will be able to keep their authorization to stay in the country and work for two years.
Even though the policy was enacted by Obama just this summer, he says undocumented youth who are granted relief can rest assured that their efforts will not be in vain. What Romney did not clarify, however, is whether or not he would continue to accept applications for the program.
He said that under his leadership, a comprehensive immigration reform will be put in place within two years of his presidency. This could mean that his immigration reform would handle the cases of young undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. prior to their 16th birthday and would therefore replace the DACA program with something else.
Many can recall that during the Republican presidential primary, Romney said he believes in self-deportation and that it could easily take place if jobs were unavailable to undocumented immigrants. He also said that he would veto the DREAM Act that would provide a path to citizenship for undocumented youth.
Romney has been firm on one thing though. He has said repeatedly that those who have served in the military deserve citizenship.
Obama and Romney are scheduled to have their first presidential debate in Denver tomorrow night.