One of the parts from the troubling narrative about Mitt Romney is that he has no guiding convictions, no philosophical center that he will not wiggle from for political purposes.
Conservatives have every right to feel uneasy with the squishy positions that Romney takes, knowing that for some other need he can jettison his last statements and change them as fast as he does his Mormon underwear.
The latest example comes as Romney smells the stench of defeat and is trying to move somewhere from which to better fight until Election Day.
Trying to move closer to Hispanics and immigrants might sound good in theory, but given where the Romney campaign has been for months concerning policy items there is no way anyone is about to swallow what he is offering.
It is quite unsightly to so want to win the White House that a candidate will say or do anything in an attempt to get closer to the goal. There must be something in the Book of Mormon that says making a public ass of oneself is reason enough to not get a planet to rule in the after life.
Mitt Romney says he will not take away the two-year visas given to children of illegal immigrants under an executive order by President Obama earlier this year, despite having called the measure a politically-motivated “stop gap” at the time.
“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,” Romney said in an interview with the Denver Post.
“I’m not going to take something that they’ve purchased,” Romney told the paper. “Before those visas have expired we will have the full immigration reform plan that I’ve proposed.”
This appears to be a further softening of the Republican nominee’s immigration stance, which has gone from promoting an idea of “self-deportation” to one that is less aggressive. Last month at a Univision “Meet the Candidates” forum in Miami Romney said that he wasn’t going to “round up people around the country and deport them.”
But even then, Romney criticized Obama’s executive order announced in June, which stopped the deportation of as many as 800,000 young people who had lived a crime-free life in the U.S. for five straight years and instead allowed them to apply for a these two-year visas that could be renewed.
Speaking at the Univision forum last month, Romney derided Obama’s executive order, saying, “With a few months before an election he puts in place something that is temporary, which does not solve this issue. I will solve it in a permanent basis consistent with those principles.”