The Denver Post reports:
Young illegal immigrants who receive temporary work permits to stay in the United States under an executive order issued by President Barack Obama would not be deported under a Mitt Romney administration, the GOP presidential hopeful told The Denver Post Monday.
“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 said. “Before those visas have expired we will have the full immigration reform plan that I’ve proposed.”
In June, Obama issued an executive order that will allow the so-called “dreamers” — kids who were brought here by their illegal immigrant parents when they were young — a temporary reprieve from deportation if they stay out of trouble and meet certain requirements such as graduating from a U.S. high school.
During the primary, Mitt Romney was especially tough on illegal immigration; it was a good way to distinguish himself from Rick Perry. But Romney hasn’t said much about how he would handle Obama’s decision to let the young adults illegally here get legal status until now.