Opinion: Romney too timid on immigration
Mitt Romney speaks at the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials in Florida on Thursday.
June 22nd, 2012
10:00 AM ET

Opinion: Romney too timid on immigration

Editor's note: Ruben Navarrette Jr. is a CNN contributor and a nationally syndicated columnist with the Washington Post Writers Group. Follow him on Twitter: @rubennavarrette.

By Ruben Navarrette Jr. , CNN Contributor

San Diego (CNN) - Now that President Obama has put the immigration issue front and center, Mitt Romney can't avoid the subject any longer.

Romney needs to answer two simple questions: "What specifically are you going to do about the estimated 800,000 "DREAM'ers" at the center of President Obama's announcement last week - those young illegal immigrants under age 31 who, because they've graduated from high school or served in the military, are being told they'll be spared deportation? Would you deport them or let them stay in the United States?"

And during his speech Thursday to the annual conference of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, here is the closest that Romney came to an answer:

"Some people have asked if I will let stand the president's executive action," he told the organization. "The answer is that I will put in place my own long-term solution that will replace and supersede the president's temporary measure. As president, I won't settle for a stop-gap measure. I will work with Republicans and Democrats to find a long-term solution."

Surely, Romney must have an idea of what he thinks the proper solution should be. Why not share it?

Read Ruben Navarrette Jr.'s full column

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  1. Pete

    @Dick,try getting someone cheap that's not an immigrent to do anything for you and when they're gone as you've wished,then ya better start liking getting dirty and working hard,if ya know how to work at all because all this cheap help will be a distant memory.Don't be so biggoted and racist,there's room for everyone here, even for idiots like you in this country and your forefathers,mothers just didn't pop up here either,smart guy!Go get a life!!

    June 23, 2012 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dick Hertz

    He needs to get rid of every illegal and their spawn. No exceptions. If he does that his first term he'll get a second?

    June 23, 2012 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |