Former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney, in Arizona for a fundraiser, reacted to the Supreme Court’s ruling on S.B. 1070 by bravely not saying whether he agreed with the ruling or not. He also boldly criticized President Barack Obama for not being bipartisan enough.
“Today’s decision underscores the need for a President who will lead on this critical issue and work in a bipartisan fashion to pursue a national immigration strategy,” Romney said. “President Obama has failed to provide any leadership on immigration. This represents yet another broken promise by this President.”
Romney did not mention steps that Obama has taken, such as his decision to suspend deportation proceedings for undocumented immigrants who were brought into the country as children.
Romney said that “I believe that each state has the duty–and the right–to secure our borders and preserve the rule of law, particularly when the federal government has failed to meet its responsibilities.” He did not, however, say how he squared that view with the definitive ruling by the Supreme Court that states do not, in fact, have the right to make their own immigration policy, nor did he indicate what policy changes he would support in building a comprehensive immigration plan.
“As Candidate Obama, he promised to present an immigration plan during his first year in office. But four years later, we are still waiting,” Romney added, without making any statement as to what his immigration plan would be.
Romney has been put in a precarious position by his own past statements and by demographic changes. Romney had taken a hard-line anti-immigration stance during the Republican primaries, saying he would veto any attempt to legislate the DREAM Act, and calling on undocumented immigrants to “self-deport.” He even courted Kansas Attorney General Kris Kobach, one of the architects of the Arizona law, as an adviser during the primaries.
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