In recent days, Mitt Romney has assailed Rudy Giuliani for maintaining a "sanctuary" city for illegal immigrants in
In describing Giuliani's reign as mayor yesterday, Romney said, "
Despite the fact that
Earlier today, I spoke with John Clifford, a press spokesman for Cambridge Mayor Kenneth Reeves, and asked whether the city remembers any pressure, financial or otherwise, applied by the Romney administration asking them to change their sanctuary status when it was up for renewal last year.
"Absolutely not," Clifford responded. I followed up by asking whether the Democratic government of
Other sanctuary cities in
Asked for comment, Matt Rhoades, Romney's communications director said:
"One of the responsibilities of the President is to enforce federal law. As President, Mitt Romney will make sure that cities that offer sanctuary to illegal immigrants suffer a financial penalty. As Governor of Massachusetts, he took action to ensure the state did not become a magnet for illegal immigration. He vetoed in-state tuition at public colleges and universities for illegal immigrants, opposed driver's licenses for illegal immigrants and signed an agreement with the federal government to allow state troopers to enforce federal immigration laws. Governor Romney believes sanctuary cities weaken our ability to secure the borders because they encourage illegal immigration and reward lawbreakers by setting up zones of protection."
While it is technically true that Romney "signed an agreement with the federal government to allow state troopers to enforce federal immigration laws," he only did so in the closing weeks of his term, and the program never actually went into effect because it was rescinded by Romney's successor even before the state troopers began training.