Gingrich Campaign Tries to Pull a Fast One on Romney and Immigration

Nov 25, 2011
8:43 am

Sure, the Newt Gingrich campaign is right. The video below did indeed happen.

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This is what Mitt Romney said in 2007 on Meet the Press:

And if that is all Romney said, you would think that he is supporting an amnesty-like solution to the estimated 14 million undocumented in the United States. But in fact, if the Gingrich campaign played the whole clip, this is what you would have heard Romney saying:

"My own view is, consistent with what you saw in the Lowell Sun, that those people who had come here illegally and are in this country, the 12 million or so that are here illegally, should be able to sign up for permanent residency or citizenship, but they should not be given a special pathway, a special guarantee that all of them get to stay here for the rest of their lives merely by virtue of having come here illegally, and that, I think, is the great flaw in the final bill that came forward from the Senate."

So, in essence, even though Romney is known for his flipping and flopping, he has been fairly consistent when he comes to immigration. Although he now wants to build a fence. Why not. And the day after the GOP debate, Romney expanded on this stance at an campaign stop in Iowa:

"My view is that people who come here illegally should not have a special break or a special pathway to become permanent residents or citizens of this country," Romney said Wednesday during a campaign stop in Des Moines, Iowa. 

"They should be in line or at the back of the line with other people who want to come here illegally," he added, as first reported by ABC News.