Newsletter March 2012 – Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum

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Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum

In the next few months, we will be writing about where the Republican and Democratic candidates stand with respect to immigration issues. We will try to present their viewpoints on the road to the Republican and Democratic National Convention. The first two candidates will be Republicans Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum.

Mitt Romney, Former Governor of Massachusetts

Romney favors increased legal immigration to the United States and opposes illegal immigration, stating that “I want to make sure we continue an open door in immigration.”

He supports the deportation of illegal immigrants, prioritizes a secure border as well as employer verification. He opposes granting amnesty to illegal aliens but has said that “[He doesn’t] believe in rounding up 11 million people and forcing them at gunpoint from our country.”

Romney supports giving “a biometrically-enabled and tamperproof card to non-citizens and establish a national database for non-citizens” to reduce illegal immigration.

He would like to see illegal immigrants register with the government, pay taxes, and apply for citizenship, but that they should not be given any priority or special treatment over immigrants who have applied for citizenship legally. While Governor of Massachusetts, he opposed granting in-state tuition and driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants. He currently opposes the DREAM Act.

He has criticized what he called the sanctuary city policies of cities “like Newark, San Francisco and New York City . . .” and has called for cutting off federal funds to such cities.

But while sounding very restrictive when it comes to his stances on immigration issues, Romney has tended to donate to candidates with more liberal immigration stances than himself.

Rick Santorum, Former U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania

Santorum opposes benefits for illegal aliens, comprehensive immigration reform, supports a border fence and the stationing of National Guard troops along the border. However, he has hinted at providing some method of “dealing with” those already in the US. Santorum has been critical of granting amnesty to illegal aliens in exchange for border security in the future.

Santorum opposed the 2006 attempt to achieve comprehensive immigration reform and cited that position often in the election cycle. Senator Santorum also cited his opposition to plans to grant social security and other benefits to illegal aliens who have lived in the US throughout the election.

Like Romney, he opposes the DREAM Act.

He believes that illegal immigrants should be deported immediately when they commit crimes, and that undocumented immigrants should not receive benefits from the government.

He believes English should be established as the national language in the United States.

Santorum often cites his own family’s history as proof of how to immigrate “the right way”. His father immigrated to the United States from Italy.

Next month, we will feature Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul. In the meantime, if you think you are a legal permanent resident who is eligible for U.S. Citizenship, don’t wait and apply. You may get your citizenship in time to vote in the national election in November, 2012.

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