Romney Sings Different Tune on Immigration
He softens stance in speech to group of Latino leaders
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 22, 2012 4:09 AM CDT
Updated Jun 22, 2012 4:19 AM CDT
Mitt Romney, speaks at the NALEO (National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials) conference in Orlando yesterday.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

(Newser) – In what his critics will no doubt call an "Etch a Sketch" moment, Mitt Romney now sounds a lot more relaxed about immigration than he did during the Republican primaries. When he spoke to a gathering of Latino voters in Florida yesterday, his talk of "self-deportation" was gone, replaced by promises to find bipartisan ways of changing immigration policy, the New York Times reports. "Immigration reform is not just a moral imperative. It’s also an economic necessity," he said in his most extensive remarks on the subject since President Obama's decision last week to help an estimated 800,000 young people avoid deportation.

Romney promised to help immigrants reunite their families and to "staple a green card" to the diplomas of immigrants who earn advanced degrees at US universities. He reiterated his support for allowing illegal immigrants who serve in the military to gain citizenship—but also promised to complete a high-tech fence along the Mexican border. He remained vague on whether he would allow Obama's policy to stand, saying he would put in place a solution to "replace and supersede it." At the end of the speech, half the audience stood up to applaud. Obama will make a speech to the same group of Latino leaders today.

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Jun 22, 2012 12:44 PM CDT
Latino Leaders? Is that like the Klan or "White Leaders"? Whole thing sounds pretty stupid, they whine about evil white people then go and create their own Klan.
Jun 22, 2012 11:11 AM CDT
You kind of have to feel sorry for Willard, the President backed him into a corner and gave him a choice of either continuing with his severe conservative position that the government should make life so bad for Latino's that the illegal immigrants in the population get up and leave - or flop and piss off all of those middle aged white people who don't like it that the country isn't as lily white as when their fathers burned crosses in black people's front yards. I guess Willard figures that those white folks aren't ever going to vote for Obama, so he might as well at least try and sound "moderate" for the Latino's. Odd that it's taken him almost a week to figure that out though. He must be really slow.
Jun 22, 2012 10:41 AM CDT