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As the presidential elections draw nearer, the careers as political leaders of the candidates are put under the scrutinizing microscope of the public. After President Obama announced his deferred action initiative early last month, the ball of immigration was thrown onto Mr. Romney’s court. His views on immigration and promises of possible immigration reforms were sought out by both supporters and opponents. Recently, articles were published on Mr. Romney’s stance and actions on immigration during his term as the Governor of Massachusetts; the analysis of those four years presents an entire spectrum of pro- and anti-immigration policies.

Undocumented Immigrants Deportation

undocumented immigrantsMr. Romney has shown much compassion for undocumented immigrants and has taken many encouraging and inspiring actions in order to show his sympathy. When an immigrant teacher was facing deportation, Mr. Romney personally interceded, along with many other public officials, in the case, successfully delaying the teacher’s proceedings. Mr. Romney signed into law the requirement of immigration judges to provide a warning to non-citizens that pleading guilty to certain crimes would result in their deportation from the country. Additionally, he has recommended increased funding for English as a Second Language (ESL) programs in schools in order to help undocumented immigrants integrate into the country more efficiently and smoothly.However, these pro-immigration actions are held in stark comparison to other actions that can be considered as anti-immigration. While he has shown support for ESL programs, he has long-championed English-only classes rather than the bilingual education system. The actual motives for this support are rather open for debate. Mr. Romney has also fought against allowing undocumented immigrants to pay in-state tuition, just as documented Massachusetts residents do.

Undocumented Immigrants Detention

undocumented immigrantsThese stances are, again, in stark comparison to his recent publicized views that he would “staple a green card” to diplomas of undocumented immigrants who receive advanced degrees in math, science, and engineering. This support, however, is on the opposite side of the spectrum in terms of his decision in 2006. In 2006, Mr. Romney signed an agreement with federal authorities that would allow them to arrest and detain any individuals whom they suspect to be undocumented during their normal duties. The detention would soon result in deportation for most, if not all individuals arrested on this basis.It seems, then, that Mr. Romney is not against immigration itself. He supports it and is compassionate towards those who emigrate to the country as they encourage its growth. However, his stance on undocumented immigrants does not run parallel to this view. If elected to be the next president of this country that is so dependent on immigration, what Mr. Romney will do in regard to immigration will be found out in these crucial months leading to the election. His track record as the Governor of Massachusetts as it seems to be so varied, then, cannot be held up as a looking glass for the future for Mr. Romney.We invite you to contact Oltarsh & Associates (212) 944-9072 to speak with one of our experience attorney's.
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