Immigration Move by Obama May Box Romney In
It has been over a week since President Obama announced he would allow 800,000 young undocumented immigrants to remain in the U.S. During the past week, Republicans have had a difficult time embracing any form of immigration reform and they know just how delicate the issue is with the Hispanics being such an important bloc of voters.
Mitt Romney, the former Governor of Massachusetts has done nothing but fumble answers to questions about how he would handle the same illegal immigrants if he became president. Freshman Republican Senator Marco Rubio started talking about his own plan for immigrations this past spring and told the media the president should have given him a call.
Rubio says that Obama used a similar idea to his and implemented it through the executive branch and now Rubio says it has become the world’s greatest idea. Rubio made those comments in Orlando on Friday at the National Association of Latino Appointed and Elected Officials, one day following Romney’s speech to the same group and just minutes before Obama spoke to the same group.
Obama along with many fellow Democrats has said Republicans have had a number of opportunities to contribute to immigration reform and are the ones directly responsible for the way immigration is currently.
Leading voices of the Republican Party have yet to disagree in principle with the decision Obama made, said Harry Reid the Senate Majority leader. He said the complaints were varied, but all have a common theme. None actually takes issue with the substance of the directive by President Obama.
Reid said the Republicans had a chance to support the Dream Act back in 2010 when it was up on two occasions for votes in the Senate and both times failed to receive the 60 votes in order to send it to a full Senate vote.