Romney Replies to Obama’s Move Toward Immigration Reform

After days of avoiding the question when put to him, Mitt Romney finally responded yesterday to President Obama’s executive order that provides temporary relief for qualifying immigrants who were brought to the United States illegally as children. The likely Republican nominee said he would “replace and supersede” the Obama order. According to a report in USA Today, in a speech before an Orlando, FL group of Hispanic elected and appointed officials, Romney said he would build a long-term solution and tied this to his proposals for the economy.

This is an area where Romney must tread carefully to avoid alienating his party’s base, responsible for the strong immigration laws in Arizona, Georgia, and other states, while also trying to garner support from the more socially conservative Hispanic community. Critics are reminding voters that Obama always wanted to fix the broken immigration system, only to be stonewalled by Republicans in Congress. They claim, once elected, Romney will revert to his earlier stance that the DREAM Act is a ‘handout’ he vowed to veto.

These things are certain: One president cannot make meaningful change alone; and in Congress, one party cannot make meaningful change alone. Our forefathers instituted as system of checks and balances for good reason, but until the three branches of government return to the tasks with which they are charged, instead of focusing on party ideologies, our country suffers and our people suffer more. We need leaders willing to work together for the good of the people, rather than politicians, perpetually running for office and blaming the other side for the fact that headway hasn’t been made. Until they engage in dialog and work for compromise, they aren’t working for US and, therefore, not for a better U.S.

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