Mitt Romney, who has been evasive about whether he would reverse the President Obama’s decision allowing young adults who were brought here illegally as children to be given legal status, will address the issue today in his speech to the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO).
“Some people have asked if I will let stand the President’s executive action,” Romney will say, according to the prepared remarks sent out by his campaign. “The answer is that I will put in place my own long-term solution that will replace and supersede the President’s temporary measure. As President, I won’t settle for a stop-gap measure. I will work with Republicans and Democrats to find a long-term solution. I will prioritize measures that strengthen legal immigration and make it easier. And I will address the problem of illegal immigration in a civil but resolute manner.”
His other policy plans on the immigrant front including changing “our temporary worker visa program so that it meets our economic needs,” ensuring those who serve in the military can obtain legal status, and providing green cards to foreign students who obtain advanced degrees at U.S. colleges in math, science, or engineering. Romney advocates an increase in how many high-skilled immigrants are allowed to come to the U.S. every year.
Romney also wants to make the immigration system more family-friendly: “As President, I will reallocate Green Cards to those seeking to keep their families under one roof. We will exempt from caps the spouses and minor children of legal permanent residents. And we will eliminate other forms of bureaucratic red tape that keep families from being together.”
Securing the border, too, is something he plans to work on, saying n his speech that the U.S. needs to “field enough border patrol agents, complete a high-tech fence, and implement an improved exit verification system” and “redouble our efforts to secure the borders.”
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