As the Presidential election draws near, it has become apparent that President Barack Obama is supporting policies that favor immigration. Obama, faced with a stalemated Congress, issued three policies that helped struggling immigrant candidates.
The President directed Homeland Security to focus more on the removal of criminal aliens rather than using resources to deport husbands, wives and grandparents of US citizens.
The President created a new provisional waiver for immediate relatives of United States citizens that will allow them to apply for the waiver of the 3 or 10 year bar to admission while still present in the United States.
More recently, President Obama provided relief in the form of deferred action for young people who arrived under the age of 16, have or are pursing a high school education, and who have no serious criminal convictions.
Mitt Romney, however, has taken a very different course.
While agreeing with President Obama that the Congress needs to address the problem of illegal immigration, Romney has sought and received advice from Kris Kobach, Kansas Secretary of State and the chief architect of the racially charged Arizona immigration law.
Kobach endorsed Romney in January during the Republican primaries.
"I'm so proud to earn Kris's support," Romney said in a statement announcing the Kobach endorsement. "Kris has been a true leader on securing our borders and stopping the flow of illegal immigration into this country. We need more conservative leaders like Kris willing to stand up for the rule of law."
The United States Supreme Court did not think as highly of Kris Kobach's immigration legislation, declaring much of it in violation of the U.S. Constitution.
When asked about his position on the Dream Act, Romney responded to a voter on Dec. 31, 2011, in Le Mars, Iowa, who asked if he would veto the DREAM Act if Congress passed it:
"The answer is yes. I’m delighted with the idea that people who come to this country and wish to serve in the military can be given a path to become permanent residents in this country. Those who serve in our military and fulfill those requirements, I respect and acknowledge that path. For those that come here illegally, the idea of giving them in-state tuition credits or other special benefits I find to be the contrary to the idea of a nation of law. If I’m the president of the United States I want to end illegal immigration so that we can protect legal immigration. I like legal immigration."
The proposed Dream Act did not provide for in-state tuition credits.
Romney clearly identifies the children who were brought here while under the age of 16 as "illegal immigrants," not deserving consideration, despite their having no control on being taken to the US or the maintenance of their visa status.
To his credit, Romney has declared his support for legal immigration, as has President Obama.
For those voters who may have family members or friends affected by not having proper immigration status, President Obama remains a clear choice.