Throughout his Presidential campaign, Mitt Romney has expressed his disapproval of undocumented immigrants living in the U.S.A. However, he has talked about policies for immigrants that would include granting more visas to immigrants who have educational degrees, preferably in science andmath. It seems as if his interest in granting immigrants an opportunity to legalize their situation in the country would be based on holding a certain socio-economic status i.e. certain educational degrees. His attacks against undocumented immigrants have been open and exploited in speeches. However, suddenly, a strange twist has taken place in his campaign; his anti-immigrant tone has softened, making statements that lead us to believe that, “Young undocumented immigrants who receive work permits from a new Barack Obama administration initiative could remain in the country under a Mitt Romney administration.”
It was clear at the start that Mitt Romney was against the presence of undocumented immigrants in the U.S., so it is interesting to see this sudden change of attitude. Based on the statements Romney has made, it is clear that he “would not interfere with immigrants who had applied for and received work permits.” This means that he will, in one way or another, respect those who have already obtained their permits. Of course, it would be unfair for these individuals to have this right taken away from them anyway. From this new statement from Romney, one can even say that he has his morals straight because he is being “considerate.” But, something we all know when it comes to politics is that promises are hard to keep.
In an ideal world, Romney would keep his word, and at least those who have their permits would be safe, for now at least. But, what happens to the rest of undocumented immigrants? What happens to those who have not yet applied for the permits? Lately, that topic has not been openly discussed. It is good to see him showing some compassion towards some undocumented immigrants but in the end, it is important to remember that it is all about a political campaign aiming to win as many votes as possible, the Latino vote is desirable. No doubt about it. In the end, we should always consider all of the options and what can or may end up happening.