Mitt Romney: Immigration to pass with GOP in charge
Mitt Romney predicted Sunday that a GOP-led Congress will pass legislation to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws.
The 2012 Republican presidential nominee said on “Fox News Sunday” that a measure that could pass muster in both the Senate and House would be sent to President Obama’s desk for his signature after GOP gains at the ballot box in the midterm elections.
“You’re going to see a provision, first of all, to secure the border … deal with those who come here illegally, and third, to make sure our immigration policies are open and transparent to many people who do want to come here illegally,” Romney said. “That’s going to happen. You’re going to see a bill actually reach the desk of the president if we finally have someone besides Harry Reid sitting in the Senate.”
The Senate, under Reid and Democratic control, passed a comprehensive immigration bill with bipartisan support in June 2013. But House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, refused to take up the Senate bill in the GOP-controlled House, in part because conservatives objected to granting a path to citizenship to 11 million undocumented immigrants in the nation.
Obama announced in September that he would delay any executive action on immigration until after the Nov. 4 elections — a move that angered many Hispanics and immigration activists.
Hispanic voters have become increasingly frustrated with Obama since helping him win a second term, but a recent Pew Research Center poll found nearly six in 10 Latino voters said they intend to support a Democrat in congressional elections Tuesday.
In his Sunday talk-show interview, Romney said he believed House Republicans “were looking at what was coming from the Senate, saying, ‘You know what? We can do better if we pick up more seats in the Senate.’ ”
Romney, a favorite surrogate of Republicans this election season, stopped short of saying the Republicans would win control of the Senate and said only that the GOP would “pick up a lot of seats.”
He repeatedly blamed Reid and Democrats for a “blockade” in the Senate, arguing that bills on energy, job creation and other issues passed by the GOP-controlled House never come up for a vote in the upper chamber.
“You’re going to see bills get to the president’s desk,” Romney said. “He will sign some. Some he won’t sign … but I think at that point, we’ll find out who really is the party of no.”