Romney: Military Service, Being a Child Qualifies Undocumented Aliens for Citizenship

GOP presidential nominee, President Obama discuss how to solve the immigration issue.
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I want to bring in at a different subject here it. To -- and I'll be right back with you. -- at -- -- -- has a question you about a topic we have on our -- for governor Romney will be right with you Mr. President thanks. Gonna bring -- pain and that. -- what do you plan on dealing with immigrants without their green cards are currently living here as productive members of society. Thank you gonna -- did I get that right -- Thank you for your question and let me step back and tell you what I'd like to do with -- immigration policy broadly and include an answer to your your question. First of all this is a nation of immigrants. We welcome people coming to this country as immigrants my dad was born in Mexico of American parents -- dad was born in Wales and -- a first generation American we welcome. Legal immigrants into this country I want our legal system to work better. I wanted to be streamlined. I wanted to be clear I don't think you have to shouldn't have to hire a lawyer to figure out how to get in this country legally. I also think that we should give visas to people green cards rather the people who graduate with skills that we need. People around the world with accredited degrees and in science and math get a green card stapled to their diploma come to the US today. We should make sure that our legal system works number two we're gonna have to stop illegal immigration. They're four million people who waiting in line to get here legally those who come here illegally take their place so -- will not grant amnesty to those who come here illegally. What I will do is -- put in place and employment verification system. And make sure that employers that hire people who have come here illegally or sanctioned for doing so. I won't put in place. Magnets for people coming here illegally so for instance I would not give driver's licenses to those that have come here illegally as a as a president would. The kids. Of those -- came here illegally. Those kids I think should have a pathway to become a a permanent resident of the United States. And military service for instance is one way they would have that kind of pathway to become a permanent resident. Now when the president ran for office. He said that he put in place in his first year piece of legislation -- file a bill in his first year. That would -- our our immigration system protect legal immigration stop illegal immigration he didn't do it. Get a Democrat house Democrats senate supermajority in both houses. Why did he fail to. Even promote legislation. The would -- provided an answer for those want to come here illegally. And for those that are here illegally today that's a question I think the the president will have a chance to answer right now -- -- -- -- The -- We are -- nation that. They were. Just a few miles away from -- asylum. We all understand. What this country. Has become because talent from all -- the world wants to come here. People who want to take risks. People want to build on their dreams and make sure their kids -- an even bigger dreams than they. But we're also nation lost. So what I've said is we need to fix a broken immigration system and I've done everything that I -- on my own. And sought cooperation from congress to make sure that we fix the system. First thing we did was to streamline the legal immigration system to reduce the backlog make it easier simpler and cheaper for people who work. Waiting in line. Obeying the law to make sure they can come here contribute to our country and that's good for our economic growth. They'll start new businesses. -- make things happen to create jobs here in the United States. Number two. We do have to do our border so we put more Border Patrol on -- any time in history and the flow of undocumented workers across the border. Is actually lower than it's been forty years. We're also said -- if go after folks we're here illegally we should. Do -- smartly and go after folks were criminals gang bangers people who are hurting the community after students. And after folks who work here just because they're trying to figure out how to feed their families. And that's what we've done. -- also -- it is for young people who come here. Brought here oftentimes by their parents. Have gone to school -- pledge allegiance to the flag. Think of this as their country understand themselves as Americans. In every way except having papers we should make sure that we give them -- witnesses. And that's what done administratively now governor Romney just said that. -- he wants to help those young people too but during the Republican primary he said I will be told the DREAM Act that would allow these young people. To have access. His main strategy during the Republican primary -- what to say we're gonna encourage self deportation. Making life so miserable on folks that don't leave. He called the Arizona law a model for the nation part of the Arizona -- said. That law enforcement officers could stop folks because they suspected maybe they looked like they might be -- document -- And check their papers. You know what. If my daughter. Or yours. Looks to somebody like they're not. A citizen I don't want I don't want. To empower somebody like that. So we can. Fix this system in a comprehensive way. And when governor Romney says the challenges while Obama been trying that's not true. I sat down -- Democrats and Republicans at the beginning of my term. And I said let's fix this system including senators previously supporters on the Republican side. But it's very hard for Republicans in congress to support. Comprehensive immigration reform if their standard bearer has -- bet this is not something I'm interest in supporting. Let me get the governor -- -- Mr. President I let it speak to if you let governor. The idea of self deportation but they'll let let let me go back and speak to the points that the president made and and and let's get the correct. I did not say that the Arizona law. Was a model for the nation and that aspect I said that the which is a portion of the law which says that employers could be able to determine what the summoned -- -- illegally -- not illegally that that was a model for the nation that's number one number two. I asked the president question I think Hispanics and immigrants all -- the nation -- past he was asked this on Univision the other day. Why when you said you'd file legislation in your first year didn't should do it and -- answer. You don't it doesn't answer that question he said the standard -- wasn't for I'm glad you thought it was a standard bearer for years ago but I wasn't. That four years ago you said -- your first year he would file legislation in his first year. I was just getting -- are licking my wounds from having been beaten by John McCain. -- my view is that this president should have honored his promised to do -- he said. Now let me mention one of the thing and that is. Self deportation -- let it let people make their own choice what I was saying is we're not -- round up twelve million people undocumented illegals. And take the my of the nation. Instead let -- people make their own choice. And if they if they find that that they can't get the benefits here that they want. And they can't and the -- on the job they want to know make a decision to go place where where they have better opportunities but I'm not in favor of rounding up people. And in and and taken them out of this country. I am in favors the president has said and I agree with him which is that if people committing crimes we gotta get him out of this country. But imagine -- else the president said it was a moment ago I didn't get a chance to when he was describing. The Chinese investments in software. Paul the second the like I'm upset that she the president also speaking on Fathi. Believe if you missed this -- a -- -- the finish. I -- -- can only ten minutes. Currently the president made -- get short. See all these people they've been waiting we could just -- eventual appointment. Any investments I have over the last eight years have been managed by a blind trust. And I understand they do include investments outside the United States including eight in Chinese companies. Mr. President go to your pension have you looked at your pension credits that mr. Pettit president -- -- -- your pension. But I don't look -- -- is not as big as the Earth's orbit well I think the biggest. The biggest -- -- -- -- -- off let me give you some advice -- -- look at your -- you also investments in Chinese companies also investments outside the United States. You also have investments through king -- trash. In Croatia where I don't China's -- you're predominantly a rural and I'll be completely off the word out about immigrant and we are likely recognize -- -- make sure -- it and sit down and around thank you I do want. Make sure that we just -- cents up. But around -- says he was referring to -- model for the nation. His top advisor on immigration is the guy who designed the Arizona law the entirety of not eat -- fire a whole thing. That's -- policy. It's bad policy. And it won't help us. -- What we think about immigration. We have to understand there are folks all around the world who still see America as the land of promise. And they provide us energy and they provide us -- -- patient. And they start companies like Intel and goal and we want to encourage that. Now we've got to make sure that we do it in the Smart way -- comprehensive way and we make the legal system -- But when we make this into a divisive political issue. And when we don't have bipartisan support I can deliver governor. A whole bunch of Democrats to get conference of immigration reform done and I get it and getting it first we can't we had not seen mr. rather tame -- -- about this issue. At all. Mr. and -- time for them to get serious on it -- -- story about mr.

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