Also in Romney’s statement: What’s this about “strengthen our legal immigration system.” What does it mean, and why is it such an urgent need that it belongs in this brief statement?
You’re right, however, that it’s important to see how many other candidates follow suit. I’d also say, important to see how quickly they do it — a clue to their boldness, and to how closely they’ve been following this issue. And how strongly and clearly and memorably they denounce the bill. And how many times they repeat their comments over the next few crucial days. And how eager they are to do that.
“Also in Romneys statement: Whats this about strengthen our legal immigration system. What does it mean, and why is it such an urgent need that it belongs in this brief statement?”
Well, from what I’ve seen and read, I think Romney’s always been a supporter of legal immigration and thinks there are badly reforms needed there as well.
>>>Whats this about strengthen our legal immigration system. What does it mean, and why is it such an urgent need that it belongs in this brief statement?<<<
The immigration issue has been a central part of Romney’s platform. A central part of his plan is to not only put barriers in front of illegal immigrants and fines upon businesses that hire them, but to also increase the number of skilled individuals (v. our current system which places little emphasis in this regard) entering our nation and expedite the process.
He’s said that our immigration system is upside down. If you’re illiterate, don’t speak English, and will be a drain on our society, you’re free to just walk across the border. However, if you’re a skilled individual who could enhance our economy, advance technology, and pay for yourself, it’s far, far too difficult to be able to come here and work in your chosen profession.
I have Romanian, Polish, and French friends with skills in IT, engineering, and architecture. All of them speak English fluently. They have had an incredibly difficult time coming here. The French girl grew tired of waiting and moved to Montreal, instead. Not her first choice, but our screwed up immigration system made it too difficult for her to come here.
I’m a fan of the idea. If foreigners come to our universities to earn advanced degrees and could contribute to our economy, why shouldn’t we let them stay? It makes no sense to force them to go home.
Contrary to popular opinion, America is not the friendliest place in the world for a skilled immigrant, especially one from Eastern/Central Europe.