While listening to NPR this morning, I heard that Mitt Romney announced yesterday that he would be willing to allow the 2 year work authorization permits to continue for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, a program generously designated by President Obama on June 15, 2012. Mr. Romney also announced that he would have comprehensive immigration reform in place before the end of those 2 year work permits. Wow, what an agenda, and what promises. As an immigration attorney and as a caring human being, I would welcome any comprehensive immigration reform that was fair and charitable towards immigrants from either political party, but Mr. Romney has also been known to say he would veto the DREAM Act. Mr. Romney, I am confused.
But putting aside my confusion, let me say this: we need the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and much more immigration related rulings that allow these individuals and their parents to come out of the shadows, work legally, pay taxes and contribute openly into our society. Enough of the confusing rhetoric and mean-spirited pomposity. If this time you are sincere, Mr. Romney, more power to you and my warm hopes that you can convince Congress (should you win the Presidency) to pass liberal immigration reform during the beginning of your presidency. But Mr. Romney, you remind me of those really fabulous chameleon lizards sold at the minor league baseball games in West Texas when I was growing up. I always wanted one because my Dad said it would change colors depending upon what the little fella was on...what a special deal. Although a chameleon for a pet sounds like an adventure, Mr. Romney, I do not want a chameleon for my President.