Romney had Mixed Bag for Immigration Policies in Massachusetts
He was against illegal immigrants receiving in-state tuition rates for college, pushed aggressively to allow state troopers to get expanded powers in order to arrest people who were illegally in the country and he championed the English-only classes for students who were bilingual.
However, Romney also had a compassionate side as well. He interceded personally for an immigrant teacher who was facing deportation and whose case drew news coverage across the U.S. Romney, in 2004, signed a law requiring immigration judges to warn all defendants who were not citizens that a plea of guilty to certain types of crimes could lead eventually to deportation.
His presidential campaign said that Romney recommended more funds for English programs for immigrants to help those who were new in the country become better English speakers in order to compete better for jobs.
His varied record on immigration after his election as governor could help indicate how he might handle the issue if elected president. A spokesman for Romney said that Romney has a view that the country was built from immigration and we should encourage all legal types of immigration, but since we are a nation of laws and we should not allow illegal immigration.
Romney now as the GOP presidential candidate has also presented different lines on immigration. During the primaries, he had a hard line towards immigration as he said illegal immigrants should self-deport. However, once he became the likely GOP nominee he softened his stance looking to increase the number of Hispanics that would vote for him.