Back during the Republican primaries, Mitt Romney was against the DREAM Act and was promoting self deportation. Yesterday, Mitt Romney was interviewed by the Denver Post and announced that if he is elected, he will honor deferred actions requests granted under President Obama’s policy for DREAMers. However, today Romney’s campaign clarified his statement. If elected, he will discontinue the program and not extend the deferred action grants after they expire in two years. He also claims that he will have his own policy in place that will provide a permanent solution. Unfortunately, he has yet to provide any details regarding his permanent solution.
On the plus side, DREAMers can now file for deferred action knowing that if they are granted relief, they will have employment authorization for two years. Since June, I’ve been saying that DREAMers should wait until after the election to file for deferred action. With Mitt Romney’s latest statements, there is no longer a reason to delay filing.