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Romney would end Obama immigration policy

Associated Press Published: October 3, 2012
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Throughout the Republican primary, Romney took an aggressive tack on immigration, saying in debates that he approved of "self-deportation," in which undocumented workers would choose to leave on their own because they were unable to find work in the U.S. He assailed rival Rick Perry, the Texas governor, for allowing illegal immigrants to attend Texas state colleges and universities at in-state tuition rates.

Romney also said he would veto the so-called DREAM Act, legislation that would have allowed a path to citizenship for non-American-born children of illegal immigrants if they meet certain education or service requirements. Romney has always said he supports a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants who serve in the military.

After rival Rick Santorum dropped out of the primary, leaving Romney the presumptive Republican nominee, the former Massachusetts governor indicated he would review potential legislation from Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., that would have allowed some young illegal immigrants a way to stay in the country. To date, Rubio has not offered such legislation in the Senate.