Presidential Nominees Discuss Immigration in Town Hall Debate
Posted on Thu, Oct 18, 2012 at 10:41 am
In Tuesday night's town hall presidential debate, President Obama and Governor Romney were asked a question about immigration. Governor Romney said that "we welcome legal immigrants into this country." He expressed support for streamlining the legal system, issuing visas for immigrants with science and math degrees, stopping illegal immigration, and an employment verification system. He objected to "amnesty" and issuing driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants. He suggested that children who came to the U.S. illegally could have a pathway to legal status by serving in the military. He also criticized the President for failing to promote immigration legislation. The President noted that "we are a nation of immigrants," and that "we're also a nation of laws." He said that he streamlined the legal immigration system, increased the border patrol, and prioritized criminals over other immigrants for deportation. He criticized Governor Romney for opposing the DREAM Act and "encouraging self-deportation." Read the transcript.