Romney would honor DACAs already granted but discontinue the program
According to the Boston Globe Mitt Romney would not revoke DACA cases already granted to young undocumented immigrants under an executive action by President Obama, but he would not issue any new grants or extend the program beyond his inauguration (January 20, 2013) if elected.
“The people who have received the special visa that the president has put in place, which is a two-year visa, should expect that the visa would continue to be valid,” Romney told the Denver Post in an interview published on October 2, 2012.
Two things are very apparent from this statement: First, Mr. Romney knows very little about immigration. The policy does not involve visas. It is a presidential directive (Executive Order) to the Department of Homeland Security to temporarily suspend, on a case-by-case basis, the deportations of people who meet certain criteria: young immigrants with clean records who were brought to the United States illegally as children.
Secondly, Mr. Romney is an immigration hard-liner, who besides not caring about the 47%, shows that he is indifferent to the plight of the young and innocent immigrants who are as American as any child born in this country. He is clearly pandering to the anti-immigrant extreme right wing elements of his base. However, his hard-liner position will cost him a significant political price. Latinos will not forget this for years to come.
The good news is that Romney will probably lose the election, and even if he were to win, there is still time for DREAMers to get their DACA applications filed and adjudicated before the January 20, 2013 inauguration.
Through Sept. 13, the most recent date for which data are available, more than 82,000 applications had been filed. Last week the Department of Homeland Security started issuing decisions and about 200 cases were granted. There are another 1,660 requests ready for review by immigration officials.
While U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officials had prepared to process 300,000 applications from young undocumented immigrants by Oct. 1, so far only about 120,000 people have applied.
Written by: Roberto Gonzalez