Fox News is reporting another example of Democratic Presidential Candidate Barack Obama’s politically motivated distortions.
Recall that Obama, after seeing Congress explicitly reject his DREAM Act, implemented it anyway via an Executive Order in which young illegal immigrants, meeting certain criteria and paying the requisite fees for a special visa, are allowed to stay in the US on temporary work permits. In a recent interview with the Denver Post, Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney had this to say on the matter:
The people who have received the special visa that the president has put in place, which is a two-year visa, should expect that the visa would continue to be valid. I’m not going to take something that they’ve purchased[.]
Naturally, Obama objected, insisting remarkably that this represented a Romney flip-flop on immigration. Speaking through his Director of Hispanic Press, Gabriela Domenzain, Obama had this:
Romney’s latest immigration pivot raises more questions than it answers. He still has not said whether he would continue the Administration’s policy that provides a temporary reprieve from deportation for young people who were brought here through no fault of their own[.]
And then he acknowledged that Romney’s latest remark was entirely consistent with his already established position. Speaking again through Domenzain, he added this:
We know he called the DREAM Act a “handout” and that he promised to veto it. Nothing he has said since contradicts this and we should continue to take him at his word.
Indeed. Romney has had a consistent position on immigration from the jump. What he said in the Post interview was that, unlike Obama, Romney declines to use the children of illegal immigrants (or any children, come to that) as pawns for personal political gain.