FLIP: Romney was to the left of McCain on amnesty for illegal immigrants, and he spoke out for granting citizenship to all illegal immigrants that were then residing in the U.S. in an interview with the Boston Globe in 2005:
“I think an amnesty program is what, which is all the illegal immigrants who are here now citizens, and a walk up and get your citizenship. What the president has proposed, and what Senator McCain and Cornyn have proposed, are quite different than that. They require people signing up for a well, registering and receiving, if you will, a number, a registration number, then working here for six years and paying taxes, not taking benefits.”
FLOP: On CNN’s ‘The Situation Room’ in 2007, Romney said that there should be “no special pathway to citizenship”.
“[I] think I’m best off to describe my own positions. And my positions, I think I’ve just described for you – secure the border, employment verification and no special pathway to citizenship. I feel that’s the course we ought to take.”
Here’s Mitt flopping again on the amnesty issue, in a 2007 interview on Radio Iowa News:
“Illegal immigration has got to end and any form of citizenship amnesty is troublesome.”
And again, as quoted by the Midland Reporter-Telegram in 2007:
“The idea of an amnesty-type provision is something I oppose and continue to oppose.”
And in the run-up to the Iowa caucuses in January 2012, Romney said he would veto the DREAM Act which would at least provide some hope for the children of undocumented immigrants, and he commented on several of the provisions of the DREAM Act:
“For those who come here illegally, the idea of giving them in-state tuition credits or other special benefits I find to be contrary to the idea of a nation of law.”
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