Romney reaches out to Hispanics, softens stance on immigration

Romney reaches out to Hispanics, softens stance on immigration

Lakeland : FL : USA | Jun 22, 2012 at 1:19 AM PDT
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In a bid to extend his appeal among Hispanic voters, Mitt Romney on Thursday tried to recast his assertive position on the troublesome issue of immigration. The presumptive nominee of the Republican Party for President of the United States took a friendly approach to the country’s immigration misery, but the self-effacing steps he outlined accentuated that the issue has turned into a political point scoring subject for him.

Romney’s moderate pitch on Thursday, at the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials meeting at Disney World, went counter to the hard-hitting posture he took throughout the Republican primaries. Promising to talk in a civilized and resolute way he said he would untie some limitations on the flow of legal overseas workforce.

However, while detailing the approaches he would employ as a president, Romney avoided taking on the wider and sharper issues of the eleven million people residing illegally in the United States.

"I will prioritize measures that strengthen legal immigration and make it more transparent and easier. And I will address the problem of illegal immigration in a civil and resolute manner," he told the attendees, according to the L.A. Times. "We may not always agree, but when I make a promise to you, I will keep it."

Romney further said that immigration reforms were “a moral imperative,” and that he would facilitate the reunion of immigrants with their families. Moreover, the former Massachusetts governor vowed that he would agree to more temporary work visas and said that immigrants who receive higher degrees at American universities would also get U.S. citizenship. Besides, he stressed on his support for giving legal status to immigrants in the U.S. armed forces.

Romney also told the approximately 1,000 attendees that President Obama, who is scheduled to address the group on Friday, had not fulfilled his pledges for Hispanics.

“He may admit that he has not kept every promise, and he’ll probably say that even though you aren’t better off than you were four years ago, things could be worse,” Romney said, according to the Washington Post. “He will imply that you don’t really have an alternative. I believe he’s taking your vote for granted. I come here today with a very simple message: You do have an alternative.”

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Kamran Ahmed is based in Seattle, Washington, United States of America, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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