"Romney Responds To Supreme Court Ruling On Arizona’s Immigration Law, Doesn’t Say If He Agrees With The Decision"
Mitt Romney has issued a statement responding to the Supreme Court’s decision striking down provisions in Arizona’s controversial immigration law (SB 1070) without saying if he agrees with the ruling. The former Massachusetts governor sticks to generalities, calling on the president to lead on the immigration issue:
“Today’s decision underscores the need for a President who will lead on this critical issue and work in a bipartisan fashion to pursue a national immigration strategy. President Obama has failed to provide any leadership on immigration. This represents yet another broken promise by this President. I believe that each state has the duty–and the right–to secure our borders and preserve the rule of law, particularly when the federal government has failed to meet its responsibilities. As Candidate Obama, he promised to present an immigration plan during his first year in office. But 4 years later, we are still waiting.”
During the Republican presidential primary, Romney said that the state’s measure should serve as “model” for the nation. He promised to drop the federal government’s challenge to the law, adding, “just as Arizona is finding out, you can stop illegal immigration. It’s time we finally did it.”
Romney still won’t take a stand on the decision:
When pressed by reporters moments ago, Romney aide Rick Gorka did not say whether candidate agrees with SCOTUS decision on AZ law.
— Jim Acosta (@jimacostacnn) June 25, 2012
Read this exchange between a Romney spokesperson and reporters. Traveling spokesman Rick Gorka repeatedly avoids saying what the governor actually thinks of the Supreme Court’s decision. Watch some of the awkward exchange:
Romney has broken his silence on the decision. According to the Associated Press, he believes the “Supreme Court should have given ‘more latitude’ to states on immigration.”
More Romney, on SB 1070: “States now under this decision have less authority, less latitude to enforce immigration laws.”
— Byron Tau (@ByronTau) June 25, 2012
Romney expanded on his position during an event with donors: “Now you probably heard today there was a Supreme Court decision relating to immigration and given the failure of the immigration policy in this country, I would have preferred to see the Supreme Court give more latitude to the states not less.” “And there are states now under this decision have less authority, less latitude to enforce immigration laws.”