Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Romney - Tough Talk on Immigration

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Tough talk on immigration works up crowd in suburb

By: Michael J. Mishak
Las Vegas Sun

"With the subject of illegal immigration still fresh in the air after Thursday's Democratic presidential debate in Las Vegas, Republican Mitt Romney said Saturday that if elected president he would stop the 'sanctuary state of mind' he claims is perpetuated by measures such as giving driver's licenses to illegal immigrants.

"Speaking to a crowd of more than 200 at a town hall event in Henderson, Romney said he would cut federal funding for cities that have 'sanctuary' policies, slash highway funds for states that give driver's licenses to illegal immigrants and reduce education funding for states that award in-state college tuition to 'kids of illegal immigrants.'

"He said he also favors issuing employment verification cards to legal immigrants.
"All aspects of his proposal - disclosed in response to a question on illegal immigration, a hot button issue for Republican primary voters - received hearty applause from the crowd."
"Pressed on the education part of his proposal, Romney told reporters 'it doesn't make sense to give a tuition break to children of illegal immigrants,' before clarifying that he meant students who were here illegally. Children who are born here, and therefore are U.S. citizens, could have parents who are undocumented."
"He also highlighted his proposal to eliminate the 'death tax,' make the Bush tax cuts permanent, lower corporate income taxes and enact what he calls a 'tax-free saving plan,' wherein those making $200,000 or less would not be taxed on interest, capital gains and dividends. He also vowed to increase military spending to 4 percent of the country's gross domestic product - by his count, an additional $30 billion to $40 billion annually."

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