Romney was not elected because, foolishly, most voters have not considered this THE -- or even A -- major issue. Romney was consistently demonized by the "true" conservatives for not being pure enough and election results show that many stayed home. Ironically, on this, the most important issue, Romney was to the right of every candidate out there. Some, like Gingrich and Perry, were actually terrible on it. Illegal immigration IS the most important issue because amnesty can never be reversed, nor can the disastrous effects of it. Almost every other kind of legislation can.