Romney's Evolving Immigration Stance

Matt Lewis

5/17/2007 11:16:55 AM - Matt Lewis

Hugh is on a bit of a rampage today about border security, writing:

The only good news about the bill as outlined in the talking points is that it will effectively end the McCain campaign.

I do not take issue with Hugh's stance on immigration, but rather, over his assessment that this will "effectively end the McCain campaign."  This is perhaps the twentieth time I've heard someone write McCain's political obituary.  It's getting so bad that McCain must feel like Mark Twain, who after hearing his obituary was published in the New York Journal, quipped: "The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated."

I also wanted to point out that, as recently as 2005, Gov. Mitt Romney essentially endorsed McCain's immigration stance.  According to yesterday's Boston Globe, in 2005, Romney ...

... described immigration proposals by McCain and others as "quite different" from amnesty, because they required illegal immigrants to register with the government, work for years, pay taxes, not take public benefits, and pay a fine before applying for citizenship.

"That's very different than amnesty, where you literally say, 'OK, everybody here gets to stay,' " Romney said in the interview. "It's saying you could work your way into becoming a legal resident of the country by working here without taking benefits and then applying and then paying a fine."

You can listen to the audio here.

In fairness, Romney's campaign explains that, since 2005, Romney has observed the negative results of McCain-Kennedy...

Once again, has Romney really changed his position on this vitally important issue in the last two years?