ROMNESIA: IF ROMNEY WINS THE ELECTION, LET’S HOPE HE FORGETSSOME OF HIS PAST STATEMENTS

///ROMNESIA: IF ROMNEY WINS THE ELECTION, LET’S HOPE HE FORGETSSOME OF HIS PAST STATEMENTS
Mitt Romney has taken a backseat view to immigration. He agreed:

  1. That employers need to verify a worker’s legal status;
  2. To deny federal financing to universities where illegal immigrants are enrolled at lower in-state tuition rates;
  3. To endorse procedures that encourage undocumented immigrants to return home voluntarily, calling this self-deportation.

One of the questions we ask about his agreements is: How does this help the U.S. economy? We will discuss that in a later article about the economic impact of immigration reform. Most recently, Mr. Romney’s only consideration of a DREAM act is to allow undocumented immigrants to stay if they serve in the military – this is like drinking lukewarm coffee – hardly a compromise to millions of families seeking resident status.

When we look at immigration in the past, history tells us that it was a critical move to the growth in the U.S. The 1920s experienced the largest growth until now – more than 11 million undocumented individuals living in the U.S. Since the early 21st century, the changes in immigration policy have been to strengthen law enforcement and border security, rather than creating laws that allow illegal immigrants to become legal residents or citizens. More effort and money has been spent on keeping people out or forcing them back to their native countries instead of offering them a more permanent solution to improve their lives and contribute to our society. More than 200laws have been adopted that curb illegal immigration at the state level. At the federal level, the same tune has been sung to empty factories and communities of illegal workers.

Questions remain on whether there are benefits to legalizing the status of undocumented immigrants? Would the employers, merchants, and our economy profit from a change in status? Listening to people daily when they talk about our economy, does Mr. Romney believe that any positive change in documentation will help the economy for the next 4 years? When you look at the positions held by undocumented immigrants, as yourself, “Who will accept those jobs they have now? Why haven’t American-born citizens done that already?” Is it possible that the jobs these immigrants hold have been offered to documented individuals who choose a more profitable vocation or remain on State assistance?

The United States was formed in part by Native Americans and by immigrants, many of them Europeans. Today we tend to think of undocumented immigrants as Hispanic or Latino, whether the person has legal status or not. In fact, there are Asian and Middle Eastern immigrants who overstay their visa and become undocumented immigrants. Many of the Hispanic or Latino individuals that you see in the stores, in the restaurants, and in the movie theaters have a voice that will be heard this month.

Let’s hope Mr. Romney forgets his words BEFORE the election and takes a new view of immigration IF he gets into office.

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