Romney Promises ‘Civil But Resolute’ Approach to Immigration

Posted June 21st, 2012 at 8:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney says he would address illegal immigration in a “civil but resolute manner” and replace President Barack Obama's policies.

Romney spoke to an audience of Hispanic officials in Florida Thursday, seeking support from a group that polls show overwhelmingly backs Mr. Obama's reelection.

Romney said he would put in place a long-term solution to illegal immigration that would supercede what he calls President Obama's temporary measures. He gave no specifics but repeated his support for a border fence between the United States and Mexico.

He also said he would reform the system that issues green cards — work permits for immigrants.

President Obama announced an executive order last week that would allow hundreds of thousands of young illegal immigrants to stay in the United States to work or go to school.

The new policy has found favor with Latino voters, many of whom have been looking for Romney to be more forthcoming on the immigration issue.