Mitt Romney Proposition: If GOP Senate, Then Immigration Reform

The former GOP presidential nominee sees a clear path for reform.
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The key to passing comprehensive immigration reform is a Republican takeover of the U.S. Senate, former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney argued on "Fox News Sunday." 

“You’re going to see a provision, first of all, to secure the border," Romney said. "Second of all, to deal with those who come here illegally. And third, to make sure our immigration policies are more open and transparent. … 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. So, we’re going to get it done.”

Romney's claim may sound a tad odd given that it was House Republicans who, in 2013, blocked Senate legislation that contained precisely the same points mentioned by the former Massachusetts governor. According to Romney, however, the GOP may simply have been biding its time. 

 

"I think Republicans in the House 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,'" said Romney. "I can't tell you whether we're going to win the Senate, but we're going to pick up a lot of seats and we have a lot better prospect of having a piece of legislation which deals with the issue in the way I described."

In order to avoid big losses in the 2016 election, Republicans know that they must find a way to chip into the Democrats' large lead among Latino voters, and President Barack Obama has promised that he will use a series of executive orders following the midterm election to try and address the legal status of millions of illegal immigrants. 

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