Mitt Romney Says He Would Not Deport Those Granted Deferred Action

After indicating he would veto a DREAM Act during the Republican primaries, he is reported as recently saying he would not pursue deportation of potential DREAM Act candidates granted deferred action under the Obama administrations program.  He is quoted as saying “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.”  This quote seems to indicate that not only would he not take away deferred action status (it’s not a visa) but he would also extend it past the two years, at least for those who have already been granted it.  He further stated that he may even go a step further and find a more “permanent” solution.  Perhaps he means that he would work with Congress to enact a DREAM Act that would provide more permanent benefits, such as lawful permanent resident status a.k.a. green card? So then why the harsh anti-immigration rhetoric during the primaries Mitt Romney?  Did he decide to shake the etch a sketch, in the words of one of his campaign advisers, Eric Fehrnstrom, and start over on immigration?

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