LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Declaring immigration reform a “moral imperative,” Mitt Romney on Thursday laid out a broad vision for increasing legal immigration both for businesses and for family reunification, but also vowed to step up border enforcement and complete “a high-tech fence” along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Mr. Romney again refused to say whether he would allow President Obama’s recent order halting deportations of young illegal immigrants to remain in place while he and Congress worked on a reform bill.
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In a major speech to the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO), meeting at Disney World for their annual conference, the Republicans’ presumptive presidential nominee tried to highlight areas of general agreement on immigration — such as expanding legal avenues, fixing long wait times and trying to attract highly skilled immigrants.
But he shied away from broad calls for a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants. Instead, he said, he would try to find ways to discourage illegal immigration.
He urged Hispanic voters to take a critical look at Mr. Obama’s entire record on immigration rather than be swayed by the stopgap deportation decision that the president made last week. Mr. Romney said the move was timed to win votes, not to become serious policy.
Read More at The Washington Times. By Stephen Dinan.