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Following Jeb Bush’s Endorsement, Will Romney Release His Immigration Plan?

WASHINGTON, DC – More than 100 days ago Mitt Romney said he had been working with former Florida Governor Bush on a comprehensive immigration plan. Now that Bush, who has been vocal about immigration issues, has formally endorsed him, the question remains: will the Romney campaign finally roll out their plan?

While discussing immigration during a December 7, 2011 editorial board interview with the Washington Examiner, Mitt Romney said, “I actually have a plan in mind,” before adding, “I haven’t unveiled it.” He then went on to say he sat down with former Governor Bush to work through the details of it during the summer of 2011.

Romney said that 105 days ago. It’s time for Romney to show voters his plan for securing the border and what he would do with the millions of undocumented immigrants currently residing in the United States.

Either Romney does have an immigration plan and he’s refusing to tell voters what it is OR he misled the Examiner, and actually has no such plan. Those are the only two possibilities.

“As the leading Republican candidate for president, Mitt Romney has the responsibility to inform voters about what actions he intends to take if he were elected,” said American Bridge president Rodell Mollineau. “For him to have policy proposals that he refuses to disclose is an affront to voters and a slap in the face to the democratic process. What else is he hiding?

“Mitt Romney thinks he can erase his belief that many immigrants just come to America for a ‘free deal’ and that they will ‘self-deport’ when their lives are made unpleasant,” said Bill Burton, senior strategist for Priorities USA Action. “But the reality is, we won’t let him back off his vision to make the extreme Arizona immigration law a national model.”

BACKGROUND:

Romney Had Illegal Immigration Plan He Needed To Have Reviewed Before Unveiling That Included How To Secure The Border. In a Washington Examiner editorial board meeting, Romney was asked, “Have you not said enough to encourage that…simply by saying, ‘Well, once we’ve secured the border, we can do something?’’’ Romney responded, “I actually have a plan in mind, I haven’t unveiled it. There are other people I’d like to sit down with and review it with me. I went down to Florida and met with Jeb Bush six, seven months ago, laid out what I thought would be a complete plan to deal with permanent immigration policies with regards to our legal system to simplify it. Number two, how to deal with those who are here illegally today. And then number three, how to secure the border. And every piece of advice I’ve received from people who talk about this topic say get the first job done first, because if you talk about the other jobs you get highly confused with whether you are going to create incentives for people to come here illegally to take advantage of whatever program you might describe.” [The Washington Examiner Editorial Board, 12/7/11]