Republican Hardliners Suddenly Silent When “Amnesty” Is Proposed By Romney
Mitt Romney’s proposal for amnesty for some illegal immigrants has hardline, normally anti-immigrant Republicans strangely silent.
Similar proposals in the past have led to charges from these conservatives that the beneficiaries would be rewarded with “amnesty” after entering the country illegally. They’ve called instead for tougher enforcement and the deportation of all illegal immigrants.
Yet 24 hours after Romney, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, outlined a broad proposal extending permanent residency to some illegal immigrants — and creating a pathway to citizenship for others — those same Republicans have been uncharacteristically silent on the idea.
Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee (pictured) who’s long been critical of “amnesty” proposals like the DREAM Act, praised Romney’s plan this week, saying it was “right to recognize that immigration reform needs to be geared towards bolstering our economy and job creation.”
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