I was going to try and go one day without a post on the 2008 presidential election, but in the wake of Romney's recent attacks on the McCain-Kennedy immigration bill that would put illegal immigrants on a path to citizenship, I thought I'd double-check on some of Romney's past statements regarding immigration. Not surprisingly, Romney struck a very different tone as recently as a year ago. At CPAC last week, Romney got a big round of applause when he expressed opposition to McCain-Kennedy and declared his opposition to amnesty.
"I don't agree with it; I think it's the wrong course," Romney said at the outset of four appearances in the first presidential primary state. "I do not believe amnesty is the right course for the 11 or 12 million illegal immigrant [sic] who are living here. It didn't work in the 1980s; it's not going to work in the 2000s either."
However, last March 30, 2006, on the heels of the approval of the McCain-Kennedy bill by the Judiciary Committee, the
"I don't believe in rounding up 11 million people and forcing them at gunpoint from our country," Romney said. "With these 11 million people, let's have them registered, know who they are. Those who've been arrested or convicted of crimes shouldn't be here; those that are here paying taxes and not taking government benefits should begin a process towards application for citizenship, as they would from their home country."
So, he was clearly for a path to citizenship last March, as the McCain-Kennedy bill was moving through the Senate, but now he's come out as a fierce opponent of McCain-Kennedy.
Meanwhile, the Miami Herald reports today:
And when Romney addressed the Conservative Political Action Conference in
Washington last week, he said: “You strengthen the American people by securing our borders and by insisting that the children who come here legally to this country are taught in English.''
Four days later, Romney launched a Spanish radio ad in
South Florida paid for by “Romney para presidente.'' The ad, along with an English-language TV commercial, made Romney the first and only presidential candidate already on the air in Florida.
Later in the story, we get this:
Romney's new radio ad features another prominent Cuban-American, Al Cárdenas, former chairman of the Republican Party of Florida. In an interview, he called Romney's immigration policy a “work in progress.''