For days now, the press has been trying to get Mitt Romney to take a stand on President Obama's new immigration policy. It's an important question, because Romney came down hard on illegal immigration during the Republican debates, and Obama's new policy appears to be very popular across the board. Well, today Mitt Romney somehow gave a whole speech on immigration in Florida without actually saying what he would do about immigration:
"Some people have asked if I will let stand the president's executive order," Romney said at the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials conference. Romney incorrectly referred to the policy change as an order from the president instead of a directive to agencies dealing with immigration.
"The answer is that I will put in place my own long-term solution that will replace and supersede the president's temporary measure," he said.
Instead, he just flung around the usual cliches, about putting an end to a "broken system" that's gummed-up with "red tape" by passing legislation to "promote strong families, not keep them apart." The speech was weak on policy and tried to frame immigration as an economic issue, because the economy is the only reliable perceived strength that Mitt Romney has. But instead, he comes across as vapid, aimless, and terrified of pissing anyone—conservative, Latino, whatever—off. He also shows a serious lack of empathy by relating to a problem that affects millions of human beings almost solely on economic terms. My favorite response to the speech is from Reason's Peter Suderman on Twitter:
Not to mention, Romney still hasn't answered the goddamned question of what he thinks about President Obama's new policy.