Mitt Romney on Immigration

“I very firmly believe that we have to make sure that we enforce our borders, that we have an employment verification system, and that those people who have come here illegally do not get an advantage to become permanent residents, they do not get a special pathway.” – Mitt Romney 6/3/2007 Manchester, NH

Summary: Mitt Romney on Immigration

  • Securing the border is priority number one.
  • Those who have come to the United States illegally should not be given amnesty or an easier path to citizenship over those already in line.
  • An employer verification system must be implemented to ensure jobs are not given to illegal immigrants.
  • Illegal immigrants should be required to return to their home country.
  • Giving tuition breaks to the children of illegal immigrants needs to stop.
  • Federal funding for cities who consider themselves sanctuary cities should be reduced.
  • The United States needs to be made more appealing to legal immigrants.
  • Ending illegal immigration only strengthens legal immigration.

Videos: Mitt Romney on Immigration


Mitt Romney Discusses Immigration on the Campaign Trail in Iowa


Mitt Romney Discusses Illegal Immigration Solutions with Glenn Beck


Mitt Romney Discusses Illegal Immigration Solutions with Glenn Beck, Two


Mitt Romney and Eric Cantor (R-VA) Discuss Immigration and Healthcare

Quotes: Mitt Romney on Immigration


Mitt Romney on Amnesty:

“I disagree fundamentally with the idea that the 12 million people who’ve come here illegally should all be allowed to remain in the US permanently, potentially some of them applying for citizenship and becoming citizens, others just staying permanently. That is a form of amnesty, and that it’s not appropriate. We’re a nation of laws. Our liberty is based upon being a nation of laws. I would welcome those people to get in line with everybody else who wants to come here permanently. But there should be no special pathway to permanent residency or citizenship for those that have come here illegally. I welcome legal immigration. Of course we need to secure the border. We need to have an employment verification system with a card to identify who’s here legally and not legally. We need to have employer sanctions that hire people that then don’t have the legal card. But with regards to those already here, it is simply not right and unfair to say they’re going to all get to stay.” – 1/5/08 at New Hampshire Republican debate


Mitt Romney on Chain Migration:

“The Constitution indicates that those that are born here do become US citizens by virtue of being born here. But if they’re born here from parents who come across the border illegally and bring them here illegally, in my view, we should not adopt, then, these chain migration policies that say, you’ve got a child here that’s a US citizen, and the whole family can come in. That, in my opinion, is a mistake. We are a nation of laws. We’re going to enforce the laws. We’re not going to cut off immigration; we’re going to keep immigration alive and thriving. But we’re going to end the practice of illegal immigration. It’s not inhumane. It’s humanitarian. It’s compassionate. We’re going to end illegal immigration to protect legal immigration.” – 12/9/07 at Miami, FL Republican debate


Mitt Romney on How to Deal with Illegal Immigrants Already in U.S.:

“My plan is this, which is for those that have come here illegally and are here illegally today, no amnesty. Now, how do people return home? Under the ideal setting, at least in my view, you say to those who have just come in recently, we’re going to send you back home immediately, we’re not going to let you stay here. You just go back home. For those that have been here, let’s say, five years, and have kids in school, you allow kids to complete the school year, you allow people to make their arrangements, and allow them to return back home. Those that have been here a long time, with kids that have responsibilities here and so forth, you let stay enough time to organize their affairs and go home.” – 1/30/08 at Reagan Library Republican debate


Mitt Romney on His Immigration Record as Governor:

“Let me tell you what I did as governor. I said no to driver’s licenses for illegals. I said, number two, we’re going to make sure that those that come here don’t get a tuition break in our schools, which I disagree with other folks on that one. Number three, I applied to have our state police enforce the immigration laws in May, seven months before I was out of office.” – 11/28/07 at St. Petersburg, FL Republican debate

Other Resources: Mitt Romney on Immigration

Ending the Tide of Illegal Immigration
Romney’s Words Grow Hard on Immigration
Romney Touts Strong Stance on Illegal Immigration
Tancredo Endorsement a Boost to Romney on Key Issue of Immigration


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