Friday, March 23, 2007

Romney: Reform immigration

In the News

By MAGGIE O'BRIEN
REGISTER CORRESPONDENT



Council Bluffs, Ia. - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney told about 300 southwest Iowa supporters Thursday that he maintains his tough stance on illegal immigration but proposes offering foreign students attending U.S. colleges and universities the chance to remain legally in the country upon graduation.

"Our immigration laws are upside-down," Romney said. "It makes no sense at all that we have concrete borders with people who have skills and education, but we're wide open to people who have neither."

The former Massachusetts governor, who spoke at an invitation-only luncheon at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs, has criticized Democrats as well as Republican rivals for their views on immigration. He has said he opposes a proposal by Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain that would grant some illegal immigrants citizenship.

"I don't think there should be a pathway to citizenship for people who are here illegally," Romney said.