Shook Romney Evades Immigration Questions

We're not so completely cynical or narrow-minded to think that Obama's revamped stance towards young undocumented immigrants was solely about the election—years of activism had something to do with it, including the hunger-striking DREAMers who protested his Denver campaign headquarters prior to his decision. But clearly it hasn't hurt his position with Latino, progressive, and similar voters. One of the best ancillary benefits to this is anticipating how a stymied Mitt Romney—caught between conservatives and Latinos, and once an advocate for policy reform—is going to respond. So far, it's been with utter silence and, dare we say, fear? On Face the Nation last night, when asked if he would repeal Obama's decision, he pulled a classic evasion move, like a dude who's afraid to tell you he wants to break up. Mediaite:

Bob Schieffer asked, “Would you repeal [Obama's immigration] order if you became president?” Romney replied, “This is something Congress has been working on, and I thought we were about to see some proposals brought forward by Senator Marco Rubio and by Democrat senators, but the President jumped in and said I’m going to take this action.”

He went on to say Obama had over three and a half years to work on this issue, but didn’t, even when he had a Democratic majority. As for himself, Romney said he’d work with Congress on a long-term solution. Pressing him, again Schieffer asked again if he’d repeal the measure.

Romney again evaded the question, emphasizing a long-term solution, criticizing Obama’s use of a “stop-gap measure.” If Obama felt seriously about the issue, he said, he would’ve tackled it far earlier.

Of course Romney's going to try to frame Obama's move as election-year pandering—it's really the only thing he can do. But the fact is, regardless of Obama's motives or timing, it's a wildly popular decision among a large chunk of the voting population, and one that Obama is not likely to backtrack on in the event of a second term. Which is, obviously, more than we can say about Mitt Romney. 

AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at June 18, 2012, 5:13am

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