Less than two months after President Barack Obama’s administration implemented deferred action for childhood arrivals, many people are wondering what the fate of the program will be if Obama did not get re-elected for a second term of presidency. The Republican Party has voiced disapproval of the program, announcing during the primary campaign that if candidate Mitt Romney is elected, he would veto legislation that provided a path to U.S. citizenship for individuals who benefited from the legislation.
Romney steadfastly maintained that he approved the idea of “self-deportation,” encouraging undocumented workers to leave on their own accord if they were unable to find work in the United States. However, in a recent interview with The Denver Post, Romney said that his stance on the matter had changed, and that if he is elected, he will not repeal the deferred action program.
“The people who have received the special visa that the president has put in place, which is a two-year visa, should expect that the visa would continue to be valid. I’m not going to take something that they’ve purchased,” Romney told the Post. “Before those visas have expired we will have the full immigration reform plan that I’ve proposed.”
Many political experts believe that Romney’s comments were an attempt to steal Hispanic votes away from President Obama. A recent Fox News Latino poll found that 58 percent of respondents approved of President Obama’s current immigration policies, while only 32 percent are still discontent.
Despite Romney’s change of heart, Hispanic immigrants are still confused by his new position.
“It looks like he doesn’t understand the issue. He calls it a visa and it’s not. What really concerns us is that because of his lack of understanding of the immigration system, he’s just listening to advisors,” Cesar Vargas, an undocumented immigrant from Mexico, told the New York Daily News.
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