Romney Says He's 'Working On' a 'Long-Term Solution' for Younger Illegal Aliens
(CNSNews.com) - Appearing on CBS's "Face the Nation" Sunday, Republican Mitt Romney suggested that President Obama acted hastily in announcing a "stop-gap" immigration policy because he wanted to preempt a Republican proposal that's in the works.
"First of all, we have to secure the border; we need to have an employment verification system to make sure that those that are working here in this country are here legally," Romney told Bob Schieffer. "And then with regards to these kids who were brought in by their parents, through no fault of their own, there needs to be a long-term solution so they know what their status is. This is something Congress has been working on. And I thought we were about to see some proposals brought forward by Sen. Marco Rubio and by Democratic senators. But the president jumped in and said, 'I'm going to take this action."
Rubio, a Florida Republican, has been mentioned as a possible Romney running mate.
Obama's decision to stop deporting young illegal aliens is a stop-gap measure, Romney said. "I don't know why he feels stop-gap measures are the right way to go."
Romney criticized President Obama for not tackling immigration reform when he had a Democratic Congress in the first two years of his presidency. "If he felt seriously about this, he should have taken action when he had a Democrat House and Senate. But he didn't. He saves these sort of things until 4-and-a-half months before the general election.
Romney added that politics was "certainly a big part of the equation."
Pressed on whether he would "repeal" Obama's immigration enforcement policy, Romney said if he's elected, he would work with Congress to put in place a long-term legislative solution for the children of people who came here illegally:
"And I've said for instance, that those who serve in the military, I would give permanent residence to."