Not so fast there Mitt

Jim Hoft fact checks this statement by Mitt Romney concerning illegal immigration and Massachusetts

“In Massachusetts, they enforce illegal immigration and if they are in MA illegally, they get them out.”

OK, but is that statement factual?

Here is what On the Issues website has to say about Mitt’s immigration record:

FactCheck: MA state cops never enforced immigration laws
Romney claims in his TV ad that he put state troopers on the trail of illegals in his state. But he didn’t do so until he had less than a month left in his term. He was already considering running for president, and the new governor-elect was expected to rescind the arrangement.

Romney began talking about giving troopers the power to make arrests on immigration charges earlier in 2006, but he didn’t sign an agreement with the federal government–a necessary condition for that authority to be granted– until Dec. 13, 2006. Romney was scheduled to leave office Jan. 4, 2007. Democrat Deval Patrick, who had won the race to succeed Romney, had already said the program was a “bad idea” because troopers were busy enough as it was.

Sure enough, Patrick rescinded the agreement within his first week in office so troopers could “focus on enforcing MA laws.” The policy never had a chance to take effect, because those troopers chosen to carry it out hadn’t yet begun a required 6-week training course
Source: AdWatch of 2007 campaign ad, “Immigration” Nov 9, 2007

FactCheck: Took no action against 4 Mass. sanctuary cities
Romney promises in his TV ad, “As President, I’ll oppose amnesty, cut funding for sanctuary cities and secure our borders.” Romney might well get tough on sanctuary cities in the future, but he didn’t when he was governor.

During his tenure, at least f Orleans didn’t officially deem themselves “sanctuaries,” but Somerville affirmed its “long-standing policies in support of all immigrants,” while Orleans forbade city officials from turning in illegal immigrants without probable cause.

We asked Romney’s campaign if he had acted against these cities, but they didn’t provide us with any examples. As far as we were able to determine in our own research, Romney made no attempts to penalize, censure, or cut funding to them.
Source: AdWatch of 2007 campaign ad, “Immigration” Nov 9, 2007

Sanctuary City Mitt? That might be unfair, but certainly no more so than the attacks on Rick Perry as being “soft” on illegal immigration is. Perry was ripped by Bachman and others for “giving in state tuition” to illegals last night. Perry defended his action, an action that got almost unanimous approval in the State Legislature, and called it a States Rights issue.

One very important aspect of the law is, as Perry pointed out, the bill DOES REQUIRE that the student has been state resident for at least three years, AND they must be PURSUING CITIZENSHIP! Now, that does not necessarily mean I would sign such a bill if I were governor, but, it galls me that some Republicans are misleading people on this bill and what it does! There ought to be no place for that amongst Conservatives!


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