In light of Mitt Romney winning Iowa caucus on January 4th, 2012, we decided to share with our readers his views on immigration law and policy.
Immigration Reform (also know as “immigration amnesty”)
Immigration reform is a legalization proposal geared toward aliens who entered the US without inspection and remain in the US unlawfully and aliens who, while having entered the US with a valid visa, overstayed it and are now in the US unlawfully. Under this proposal, such aliens would get some sort of legal status in the US and would eventually work their way toward becoming US citizens.
Romney: “My view is, people who have come here illegally, we welcome you to apply but you must get at the back of the line, because there are millions of people who are in line right now that want to come here legally. I want those to come here legally. Those that are here illegally have to get in line with everybody else.” [Republican Debate, December 15, 2011]
The DREAM Act is a bill that would provide a path to citizenship for thousands of undocumented aliens who were brought to the U.S. as young children and who want to pursue higher education or military service.
Romney: “If I were elected and Congress were to pass the DREAM Act, would I veto it? The answer is yes.” [Washington Post, December 31, 2011]
Work Visas (H-1B and other visas) and Green Cards for Aliens with Advanced Degrees in Science
Romney: “As President, [I] will also work to establish a policy that staples a green card to the diploma of every eligible student visa holder who graduates from one of our universities with an advanced degree in math, science, or engineering. As President, a first step that [I] will take is to raise the ceiling on the number of visas issued to holders of advanced degrees in Math, Science, and engineering who have job offers in those fields from US companies.” [Believe in America, September 6, 2011]